One pilot killed after two Eurofighters crash over eastern Germany

File photo taken on May 30, 2008 shows two Eurofighter jets of the German Air Force taking off from the air base in Rostock-Laage, northeastern Germany. As the Bundeswehr German Armed Forces confirmed on June 24, 2019, two Eurofighters collided and crashed near Waren, northeastern Germany. (AFP)
Updated 24 June 2019
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One pilot killed after two Eurofighters crash over eastern Germany

  • The jets, belonging to the German armed forces, crashed near the Laage military base
  • Both pilots had managed to use their ejector seats, but one was recovered dead

BERLIN: One pilot was killed and another was able to parachute to safety after two German Eurofighter jets collided over northeastern Germany on Monday.

The jets were unarmed when they crashed over the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the German air force said.

"Together with a third Eurofighter they were flying an air combat mission," it said in a statement. "The pilot of the third Eurofighter observed the collision and reported that two parachutes descended to the ground."

One of the pilots was found alive in the crown of a tree shortly after the crash, according to Ostseewelle radio. The armed forces said he was now receiving medical attention. The other was found dead, it said.

The battalion based at Laage air force base, near Rostock, from which the aircraft took off, is tasked with training all pilots of Germany's 140 Eurofighters.

Ostseewelle radio, which first reported the crash, posted a video sent in by a listener which it said showed two plumes of smoke rising from separate crash sites some distance apart. It described a field of debris around the area of the crash, which it said had ignited a small forest fire.

No details were immediately available on the circumstances of the crash. Some 400 Eurofighters - made by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo, are in service with militaries around the world.


Many feared trapped in major fire in India’s financial capital Mumbai

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Many feared trapped in major fire in India’s financial capital Mumbai

  • Television channels said nearly 100 people may be trapped in the building that houses the office of state-owned telecoms company MTNL
  • “The fire has been confined to the third and fourth floor of the building,” the fire department said

MUMBAI: A major fire broke out on Monday in a nine-story government building in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, with several people feared trapped, fire officials said.

Television channels said nearly 100 people may be trapped in the building that houses the office of state-owned telecoms company MTNL.

“The fire has been confined to the third and fourth floor of the building,” the fire department, which has dispatched 14 fire engines to the site, said in a text message.

A Reuters witness said five or six people were on a balcony on one floor, with some waving white handkerchiefs.

An officer said 14 fire engines at the site are evacuating people using hydraulic platforms in the city's Bandra area.

Television images showed people breaking window panes and waving to fire officers to evacuate them. No casualties were immediately reported.

A woman rescued by fire services told the New Delhi Television news channel that 30 to 40 people were waiting to be evacuated from the building, with the third and fourth floors filled with smoke.

Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents.