Spanish general involved in air crash scandal dies

12th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Spanish general convicted over the misidentification of the bodies of soldiers killed in a 2003 air crash died Saturday after a long illness, a military source said.

General Vicente Navarro, who received a three-year sentence over the scandal, died in a military hospital in Madrid after suffering from lung cancer, the source said.

A judge had suspended his prison term several weeks ago due to his ill health, the newspaper El Mundo said on its website.

The officer was in charge of army health services at the time of the crash of a Yak-22 military aircraft in Turkey in May 2003 that killed 62 Spanish soldiers who were returning from duty in Afghanistan.

Navarro and two subordinates were convicted of negligence last year for falsifying documents that misidentified the bodies of 30 of the soldiers.

After the disaster, many families discovered that they had been given the wrong bodies, which had to be exhumed for a correct identification.

© 2010 AFP

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