Two German Eurofighter Jets Crash after Mid-Air Collision Over Germany

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Two Eurofighter jets operated by the German air force are reported to have collided with one another mid-air near the lake of Fleesensee in Germany, and both appear to have crashed as a result.
According to various German sources, citing the country’s Interior Ministry, the two planes belonged to the Tactical Air Force Wing 73 based in north-eastern Germany. One of the main planes of this wing is the Eurofighter.

Reports claim the two planes have crashed to the ground 10 km away from each other, one is a wooded area in the region and the other near the municipality of Nossentiner Huette.

It's unknown at this time if there are any casualties on the ground, and also, at the time of this writing, it's not clear what caused the crash and what is the condition of pilots.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is a fighter jet that currently forms the bulk of the continent’s air power, in a roster that includes a great deal of planes, from Soviet-era MIGs to new or second-hand F-16s. It serves in the air force of multiple nations, including Britain, Germany, France and Spain.

The Eurofighter is a design and build of a consortium that includes British Aerospace EAP and Airbus, and is in service in Europe since 1994. It saw action several times during its service.

Last week, at the Paris Air Show in France, a deal was reached for the creation of a new European fighter jet meant to replace the aging Eurofighter Typhoon and the Rafale. The deal was signed between Spain, France and Germany who agreed to build it together.

The new jet will be built by a collaboration between Dassault Aviation and Airbus and should be ready to enter service sometime in 2040. It is supposed to be capable of deploying both conventional weapons and drones.

UPDATE 1: both pilots ejected before the crash, only one found so far, alive.

UPDATE 2: the second pilot is dead, German Air Force says.
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