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

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.


Cleanup resumes in Bahamas as Humberto swirls away

Updated 17 min 14 sec ago

Cleanup resumes in Bahamas as Humberto swirls away

  • The death toll from the hurricane stands at 50 and the number of missing at an alarming 1,300 people
  • Late Saturday night the storm was located about 137 km north of Great Abaco Island

MCLEAN’S TOWN, Bahamas: Jeffrey Roberts lifted a mustard-yellow curtain from the ground as he looked for passports and other documents at the site where his family’s home once stood in Grand Bahama.
He then moved the cloth aside, picked up a pair of old, rusty pliers, and continued his search.
“We got to take what God gives us,” Roberts said, in reference to Tropical Storm Humberto, which narrowly missed the island over the weekend as it continued on its northward trajectory well offshore of Florida’s east coast.
By late Saturday night, the US National Hurricane Center said the storm was located about 85 miles (137 kilometers) north of Great Abaco Island and was moving 6 mph (9 kph) north-northwest with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (97 kph). 
The storm briefly shuttered a couple of small airports, sent people in damaged homes to seek shelter and threatened to interrupt the distribution of sorely needed supplies including food and water.
As the storm barely passed the northern Bahamas, however, Roberts and others were already returning to the task at hand: Resuming their cleanup and recovery efforts in communities devastated by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago.
On Saturday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres visited the island of Great Abaco to support humanitarian efforts in the wake of the storm that left thousands in need of food, water and shelter.
“Hurricane Dorian has been classified as Category 5. I think it’s Category Hell,” said the secretary-general, adding he was horrified by the “level of systematic devastation.”
The death toll from the hurricane stands at 50 and the number of missing at an alarming 1,300 people, although officials caution the list is preliminary and many people could just be unable to connect with loved ones.
Meanwhile, detritus was piled high as Bahamians attempted to continue salvaging what was left behind.
On Saturday, Patrice Higgs stood barefoot in her backyard with grey mud caked on her feet. She stared listlessly at the horizon as she occasionally pointed at some of her belongings that remained tangled in the debris and out of reach, including a cream-colored loveseat.?
She confided that she lost five relatives to Dorian.
“My sister, my niece, my nephew, my aunty and my cousin,” she said, as dark clouds threatening rain still hung overhead.
The couple then took a break and sat outside as they watched a neighbor, Cecil Leathen, pry his boat out of fallen trees with the help of a backhoe operated by yet another neighbor.
Friends nestled a soggy couch cushion between the backhoe and the boat’s motor to protect it as they successfully pushed it onto a trailer.
Then, Leathen raised his right fist into the air in celebration.
“It takes some time,” he said. “But we’ll get it back together.”