HORRIFIC images of a burning Eurofighter jet plummeting to the ground after colliding with another and killing one pilot in Germany have emerged.
Photos show one of the planes spinning out of control towards the ground while on fire over the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern around 2pm local time.
“Together with a third Eurofighter they were flying an air combat mission,” the German air force 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 a tree shortly after the crash, according to Ostseewelle radio.
He is now receiving medical attention.
The other was found dead despite managing to eject from the plane and open his parachute, it tragically added.
“This is a sad day for our air force,” Defence Minister Ursula Von Der Leyen told reporters near the crash site.
“We lost a soldier in a flight accident. Our thoughts are with his family and his comrades.”
The jets collided about 20 minutes after they took off, she said.