Two German Eurofighters Collide
Luftwaffe Typhoons Crash in NE Germany
“Both pilots were able to activate their ejection seats”, the spokesman from the Luftwaffe’s Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 73 said.
One of the two pilots was found alive shortly after the crash which happened at 2pm, national news agency DPA reported. A search is underway for the second pilot.
The crash took place near Lake Müritz, about 120 km north of Berlin, in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Based in Laage, close to Baltic Sea city of Rostock, Squadron 73 trains German airforce pilots to fly the Eurofighter.
On 4 August 2003, the German Air Force accepted their initial first series production Eurofighter (30+03) starting the replacement process of the Mikoyan MiG-29s inherited from the East German Air Force in 1990.
The first Luftwaffe Wing to accept the Eurofighter was Jagdgeschwader 73 “Steinhoff” (since renamed Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 73) on 30 April 2004 at Rostock–Laage Airport. The second Wing was Jagdgeschwader 74 (JG74) on 25 July 2006, with four Eurofighters arriving at Neuburg Air Base, beginning the replacement of JG74’s McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom IIs.
The Luftwaffe assigned their Eurofighter Typhoons to Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) on 3 June 2008, taking over from the F-4F Phantom II. The Luftwaffe currently has 140 Eurofighter Typhoons in service.
Witnesses to the crash shared video footage of two smoking areas, reportedly about 10 kilometers apart. Local media reported that part of the wreckage fell on the area of Malchow. Police warned people not to approach.
German authorities have confirmed that the planes were not carrying live ammunition.
UPDATE: Luftwaffe Pilot Confirmed Dead
The Luftwaffe has confirmed that one of the pilots involved in the collision has been found dead.
Two parachutes were seen over the lake area of Silz and Jabel, according to a local Neubrandenburg police source. A third Eurofighter jet was also on the mission and its pilot reported two parachutes at the scene, said Team Luftwaffe (the Luftwaffe’s Twitter account).
Local police said in a statement that the surviving pilot landed in the canopy of a tree, 66 feet from the ground. He is now being treated by the emergency services.
Image: Bundeswehr Luftwaffe Eurofighter Typhoons on Ex Frisian Flag 2018 (Gerard van der Schaaf, 2018).