Two warplanes crash in Germany; one pilot dies

A pilot was killed and another survived the crash of two Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets after they collided in German airspace on Monday.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Lien, who arrived at the scene, confirmed the death of one of the pilots and offered condolences to his relatives after receiving information about the pilots being able to jump in a parachute seconds before the collision.

A spokesman for the German armed forces said it was too early to talk about the causes and circumstances of the incident that took place in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the northeast.

The planes collided about 20 minutes after taking off.

Multi-purpose Eurofighter fighters serve in the British, German, Italian, Spanish and Austrian armed forces, as well as Saudi Arabia and Oman, and have been used in nearly all NATO operations since 2003.

Source: Agencies

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