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Pilot dies as two Eurofighter jets crash after midair collision

BERLIN: Two Eurofighter military jets have crashed in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania after colliding in the air.

Germany’s air force, the Luftwaffe, said that both pilots ejected and one of the pilots was found alive, hanging in a tree canopy after deploying his parachute. Police found human remains in the area which are said to be the other pilot.

The pilots were part of a trio of Eurofighters flying a mission out of Laage, near Rostock on Monday.

They were part of the Tactical Air Force Wing 73, known as “Steinhoff,” a fighter wing that specializes in general air defense and is the chief training center for pilots of the Eurofighter Typhoon in Germany.

The aircraft collided near Lake Müritz, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Berlin.

Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has announced there would be an investigation into the incident.

“Today is a day of mourning and anguish over the loss of our soldier,” she told journalists after visiting the crash site with state Interior Minister Lorenz Caffier. “We share in the grief of the relatives.”

Witnesses shared video footage of smoke billowing from two sites reportedly about 10 kilometers apart. Reports emerged that the wreckage had caused fires but that the flames had been extinguished.

At least part of the wreckage fell on the area of Malchow, with police warning locals not to approach. The Luftwaffe said the aircraft were not carrying ammunition.