One pilot dead as two fighter jets collide in northeastern Germany
The pilots were on a training mission when tragedy struck.
MECKLENBURG, GERMANY — Two military jets collided in northeastern Germany on Monday while on a mission for the German air force, Deutsche Welle reports.
The two aircraft crashed before 2:00 P.M. local time in northeastern Germany near Lake Mueritz, which is north of Berlin.
Three Eurofighter jets took off from Laage Air Base, according to Germany's public international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle .The trio was part of the German military's Tactical Air Force Wing 73, which specializes in air defense.
The two pilots ejected from their fighter jets and launched their parachutes. One of the pilots was found alive, hanging on a tree canopy. The other pilot was found dead, with human remains being found in the area by the police.
Part of the plane wreckage was found in the surrounding area of Malchow, Deutsche Welle reports.
The German broadcaster cites reports as saying that the wreckage had caused fires that were extinguished.
In a statement, Germany's Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen said that they would launch an investigation into the incident.
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