Three pilots dead after two Spanish Mirage jets crash

20th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Two Mirage jets crashed in eastern Spain on Tuesday while on routine training flights, killing their three air force pilots, the defence ministry said.

MADRID—"There was an accident this morning involving two F1 Mirage jets from the Albacete military base which were carrying out routine training flights. Three pilots were killed," a defence ministry spokesman told AFP.

He said it was not yet known what caused the accident.

The ministry launched a search at around 10:15 am (0915 GMT) after it lost radar contact with the planes.

About half an hour later teams found the wreckage of the two jets, about three kilometres (1.8 miles) apart, as well as the bodies of the three pilots, it added.


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