Two Eurofighter jets crash after mid-air collision

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Two Eurofighter warplanes have collided in mid-air and crashed in Germany – with both pilots managing to use their ejector seats.

The German air force confirmed its jets crashed near the Laage military base in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

“Together with a third Eurofighter they were flying an Air Combat Mission,” the German force tweeted.

“The pilot of the third Eurofighter observed the collision and reported that two parachutes descended to the ground.”

The crash reportedly happened shortly before 2pm local time (1pm UK time) near Lake Muritz, about 62 miles north of Berlin.

Footage posted online showed two plumes of smoke at separate crash sites, while it was reported there were forest fires on the ground.

Police in Neubrandenburg said one of the pilots was found alive in a forest, while the search is continuing for the other pilot.

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Police warned the public not to approach potentially dangerous wreckage from the planes and firefighters were deployed to tackle blazes caused by the crash.

The German air force said the jets were based in Laage, near the Baltic sea port of Rostock.

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