Thursday 21 November 2019

Ten dead in military plane crash inferno

An official at Spain’s defence ministry said at least 13 other people were injured when the plane hit others parked on the ground, causing an explosion and plumes of black smoke
An official at Spain’s defence ministry said at least 13 other people were injured when the plane hit others parked on the ground, causing an explosion and plumes of black smoke

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed while taking part in a training mission in southern Spain last night, killing at least 10 people - most of them French.

An official at Spain's defence ministry said at least 13 other people were injured when the plane hit others parked on the ground, causing an explosion and plumes of black smoke (inset).

The plane is understood to have been taking part in Nato exercises at the Los Llanos base, near Albacete.

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy said in an interview on television last night that eight of the dead were French, along with the two Greek pilots who died in the aircraft.

It is also thought that a number of the injured are also French personnel.

Nine Italians are among the wounded, and two were hospitalised with burn wounds. One is said to be in grave condition. The other seven reported lighter wounds. Families of all the involved personnel have been informed, according to a statement released by Italy's Chief of Defence staff.

Colonel Urbano Floreani, head of public information for the Italian Air Force, said 80 Italian personnel were participating in the training, including pilots and crew of the AMX aircraft from the 51st squadron of Istrana Air Force Base (Veneto) and a Navy crew of 5 Harrier AV8 B aircraft.

"We are awaiting updates with much trepidation," Floreani said.

Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotta is expected to visit the crash site today. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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