One pilot killed after two Eurofighters crash over eastern Germany

Germany fighter jets

Germany fighter jets

One of the pilots was found alive in the crown of a tree shortly after the crash, according to Ostseewelle radio.

Both pilots managed to eject from the aircraft, local media is reporting.

German police have found a body near a crash site in the north-east of the country after two Eurofighter Typhoon jets operated by the military collided during a training exercise. 'The pilot of the third Eurofighter observed the collision and reported that two parachutes descended to the ground'.

Monday's collision was the first fatal crash involving a German Eurofighter, the military said.

'Together with a third Eurofighter they were flying an Air Combat Mission, ' the German force tweeted.

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About 400 Eurofighters - made by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo - are in service around the world. Police warned that debris from the crash had been strewn over a large area.

The other crashed south of the village Nossentiner Hütte at the edge of the forest. This is the first time that two Eurofighters have been involved in a single accident, which each of them costing upwards of 90 million Euros. It is not yet known the number of people injured in the incident, if any.

Firefighters were deployed to extinguish fires from the wreckage. Video footage shows huge clouds of black smoking rising from the scene in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The pilots were able to press the ejection seat function but their condition or whereabouts has not been confirmed.

Captain Borja Aybar García, 34, died as a result of the incident.

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