Two Eurofighter war planes crash over eastern Germany

Cheryl Sanders
June 24, 2019

"This is a sad day for our air force", Defence Minister Ursula Von Der Leyen told reporters near the crash site in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

One of the two pilots was found alive shortly after the crash.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang, while others say they saw the ejection seat plunge from the aircraft.

"After about 20 minutes, there was an aerial collision between two Eurofighters, with fatal consequences", she said.

About 400 Eurofighters - made by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo - are in service around the world. The third pilot reported seeing two parachutes.

Video footage has emerged showing the moment that a German Eurofighter jet plummeted to the ground following a mid-air collision in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Police confirmed this, tweeting that people should stay away from "dangerous debris" that has fallen in and around the municipality of Malchow.

The other crashed south of the village Nossentiner Hütte at the edge of the forest.

Both pilots were seen to eject from their planes by a colleague in a third Eurofighter plane.

Attention has now turned to the search for the one remaining missing pilot and the forest fires caused as a result of the crash. Public broadcaster NDR later reported the second pilot had died. The crash occurred at around 14.00LT (12.00 GMT) on 24th June after the two jets collided mid-flight over a lake while on an air combat exercise.

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