This is the training scenario: One of the German Air Force Eurofighter aircraft currently safeguarding the Baltic airspace on NATO’s Air Policing mission catches bird strike shortly after take-off. The pilot declares an emergency and bails out of the plane.
It is essential for the pilots to rely on a fast and effective rescue chain so they can focus on their mission
Every second counts as the rescue chain is activated while a second Eurofighter circles over the crash site. Once the recovery team of German flight safety staff and Estonian
emergency services arrive on site, the first priority is on saving the pilot. Subsequently, in a joint effort, the recovery team secures the crash site, the emergency services contain the fire on the wreck, and Military Police secure the site.
“This simulated incident serves to initiate life-saving response drills and the swift and smooth coordination between Estonian Host Nation and the German Air Force,” said Lieutenant Colonel Sebastian Fiedler, commander of the German Eurofighter detachment at Ämari. "It is essential for the pilots to rely on a fast and effective rescue chain so they can focus on their mission to safeguard the airspace over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on behalf of the Alliance," he added.