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Eurofighter crash: German politicians call for an end to military exercises involving warplanes

Politicians in Germany requested the Bundeswehr to reevaluate the locations of military exercises, after two eurofighter jets collided in the air during a military exercise.

According to the report of Deutsche Welle news website, the mayor of Waren an der Müritz, a small town near the site where two German Eurofighters crashed on Monday, has called for a ban on military exercise flights over “holiday regions.”

The two Typhoon class planes collided near Lake Müritz in the state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Berlin. The area is home to a national park and considered a popular holiday destination in the region.

“A lot of tourists cannot understand that around Müritz, of all places, such low flights have to be practiced,” Mayor Norbert Möller told Germany’s DPA news agency on Tuesday, indicating that, in different circumstances, the planes could have hit people on the ground.

“You don’t want to think about [what could have happened], but we got away with a black eye there,” the Social Democrat politician said, before sending his condolences to the family of the pilot killed in the incident.

Another local mayor, Christian Democrat Almuth Köhler of Silz und Nossentin, called for a reappraisal of where low-altitude flights are practiced. She pointed out that the campsites in the area were all booked out at the time of the crash.

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