BOne of the two pilots died in the crash of two "Eurofighters" of the Bundeswehr in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The other pilot was rescued alive from a treetop and was taken injured to a hospital. This was confirmed by the Air Force on Twitter. It was the worst misfortune of the Bundeswehr in Germany for years.
Previously, the Police Headquarters Neubrandenburg wrote on Twitter that body parts were found near a crash site. Both pilots had pressed the ejection seat before the collision.
One of the two aircraft crashed into the forest, according to the words of a ministry spokesman near the village of Jabel (Mecklenburg Lake District). The other had crashed south of the village Nossentiner hut on a forest edge. The two places are about ten kilometers apart.
Von der Leyen travels to the disaster area
According to the Luftwaffe inspector Ingo Gerhartz, there were no civilian casualties in the accident. Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has traveled to the disaster area. A few hundred meters from one of the two crash sites, the CDU politician said there would be a clear explanation of the disaster. "Today is the day of sorrow and pain over the loss of our soldier," she said. Von der Leyen met there meet the inspector of the Air Force and Interior Minister Lorenz Caffier (CDU).
Both aircraft belonged to the Air Force Squadron 73 "Steinhoff", which is stationed in Laage near Rostock. How it could come to the collision with goods (Müritz), is so far unclear.
The police headquarters Neubrandenburg also warned against dangerous wreckage. "Please do not approach! Please clear the way for rescue workers and avoid the area, "the bureau tweeted. In addition, firefighters were on-site firefighters who have cleared the fires.
A spokeswoman for the district Mecklenburgische Seenplatte said that the machines had not loaded any ammunition. The two collided Eurofighters had started together with a third aircraft for a combat exercise in Rostock-Laage. The third pilot involved in the exercise had watched the disaster. This had seen and reported two parachutes after the collision at 14 o'clock in the air above Plau am See.
The Bundeswehr has set up a citizen telephone. It can be contacted at 0800 770 5577 for important questions.