A F16 fighter jet belonging to the Greek Air Force has crashed on Monday 26th January 2015 at the Los Llanos base in Albacete, situated in the southeast of Spain. The sad incident occurred when the jet was taking off itself during a NATO flight training course, thereby impacting upon other planes that were located in the vicinity on the ground.
Remnants of the crash at Los Llanos airbase
Ten people have lost their lives because of the impact: eight of the victims were from French military personnel, while two were the Greek pilots who were flying the jet.
Twenty-one others – all either French or Italian – have been wounded, as per the information provided by the Spanish Defense Ministry.
A Greek F-16 jet
Damage at the air base
Emergency services arriving at the scene of accident
Two Italian AMXs hit in the crash
According to military sources, the jet had not succeeded in gathering enough power before taking off. The local media stated that one of the two Greek pilots who died in the crash had carried out a wrong manoeuvre.
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, said in a statement:
“This is a tragedy which affects the whole NATO family. I express my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones and the nations of those who lost their lives, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured. The plane was taking part in an exercise in the framework of NATO’s Tactical Leadership Programme, which aims to improve multinational cooperation in air operations.”
750 individuals had enlisted their participation for the NATO flight training program that had gathered pilots, ground crews together with other staff members from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Denmark and Greece. It was to last from the 19th of January to the 13th of next month.