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Eurofighter pilot killed in Germany collision, other found alive in tree

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Eurofighter pilot killed in Germany collision, other found alive in tree
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Two German 'Eurofighter' jets collided in the skies and crashed Monday, killing one of the pilots.

The warplanes hit each other over Plau am See in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern at about 2 pm CET, an Interior Ministry official said.

One crashed in a wooded area near Jabel while the other came down more than six miles away, south of the village of Nossentiner.

The Luftwaffe said both pilots were able to operate their ejector seat. One was found alive by rescue teams in a treetop.

REUTERS/Sabine Siebold
Two German Eurofighter jets pictured in 2018REUTERS/Sabine Siebold

The crashes caused forest fires but firefighters were quickly on hand to extinguish them.

Along with a third jet, the aircraft were flying an "air combat mission," the ministry said.

The crashed jets belonged to the Air Force Squadron 73 "Steinhoff", which is stationed in Laage near Rostock.

Some 400 Eurofighters — made by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo — are in service with militaries around the world.

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