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Germany crash: Two Eurofighter jets collide near base

File pic of two Eurofighter jets of the German Air Force taking off from the air base in Rostock-Laage, northeastern Germany

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File pic of two Eurofighter jets stationed at the same base near Rostock

Two German armed forces Eurofighter jets have collided and crashed in the Müritz area of north-eastern Germany.

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

One of the pilots has been found alive and a search is going on for the other.

One of the Eurofighters went down in a forest while the other crashed near a village some 10km (6 miles) away, said the interior ministry in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The German air force said the mid-air collision happened as all three Eurofighter Typhoons were taking part in an air combat exercise. The third pilot reported seeing two parachutes.

Local media showed footage of the smoke from both planes after they had hit the ground. The two planes were based at Laage near Rostock.

Media captionThe BBC’s Jonathan Beale flew an RAF Typhoon jet

Germany crash: Two Eurofighter jets collide near base

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