A burning Eurofighter airplane crashes down near the village Malchow in norther Germany, Monday, June 24, 2019. The two unarmed fighter jets collided on Monday near Lake Mueritz, 100 kilometers ,62 miles, north of Berlin. ( Thomas Steffan/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — A German air force pilot was killed Monday after his fighter jet collided with another during a training mission in northeastern Germany, the country's defense minister said.

The pilot of the other Eurofighter Typhoon jet was able to eject safely and survived.

Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said three unarmed fighter jets left their base in Laage, near the Baltic sea port of Rostock, shortly before 2 p.m. (1200 GMT).

"After about 20 minutes, there was an aerial collision between two Eurofighters, with fatal consequences," she said.

The third pilot saw two parachutes descending to the ground, indicating pilot ejection mechanisms were triggered after the crash in Germany's Mecklenburg Western Pomerania state, the defense minister reported.

"One pilot was recovered alive, but the second pilot was dead when he was found," said von der Leyen. "We share in the grief of the relatives."

Eyewitness videos showed the burning planes falling from the sky and later, two plumes of smoke rising from the ground.

Firefighters were deployed to extinguish fires from the wreckage. Police warned the public not to approach potentially dangerous debris at the site.

The Eurofighter Typhoon was jointly developed by Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain. More than 550 of the jets have been delivered since 2003, at a cost of close to $100 million apiece.

Monday's collision was the first fatal crash involving a German Eurofighter, the military said.

Firefighters work in Nossentiner Huette, eastern Germany on Monday, June 24, 2019 where two German Eurofighter military planes crashed earlier today. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)
FILE - In this March 21, 2016 file photo, two Eurofighter jets perform at the German Air Force Base in Noervenich, western Germany. Two German Eurofighter military planes crashed today near the city of Jabel in eastern Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A fire truck is pictured in Nossentiner Huette, eastern Germany on Monday, June 24, 2019 near the place where two German Eurofighter military planes crashed earlier today. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)
A helicopter is flying over Nossentiner Huette, eastern Germany on Monday, June 24, 2019 near the place where two German Eurofighter military planes crashed earlier today. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)
Police secure a street in Nossentiner Huette, eastern Germany on Monday, June 24, 2019 near the place where two German Eurofighter military planes crashed earlier today. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)
FILE - In this May 30, 2008 file photo, two Eurofighter military planes start at their base in Laage, Germany. Two German Eurofighter planes crashed today near the city of Jabel in eastern Germany. (Bernd Wuestneck/dpa via AP)
A burning Eurofighter airplane crashes down near the village Malchow in norther Germany, Monday, June 24, 2019. The two unarmed fighter jets collided on Monday near Lake Mueritz, 100 kilometers ,62 miles, north of Berlin. ( Thomas Steffan/dpa via AP)