LOS LLANOS MILITARY BASE, Spain (AFP) – Officials investigated Tuesday how a fighter jet crashed during NATO training exercises at an air force base in Spain, killing 11 military personnel leaving others with serious burns.
Nine French and two Greek per-sonnel died and about 20 people were injured after the two-seater F-16 crashed into parked aircraft at the Los Llanos base in southeastern Spain.
The jet lost power as it took off and crashed on Monday, damaging five other aircraft, the Spanish de-fence ministry said.
Firefighters rushed to the scene and battled the flames as black smo-ke billowed from the wreckage.
Two Greek pilots on board and eight French officers were confir-med killed on Monday and the mi-nistry said a ninth Frenchman died in hospital in Madrid on Tuesday.
A judge in the eastern city of Va-lencia was leading an investigation of the accident.
A technical commission was also probing the causes and was set to examine the wreckage and the plane’s black box recorders, a de-fence ministry source said.
The base, near the city of Alba-cete, hosts elite exercises run by NATO to train military personnel from 10 nations to carry out joint manoeuvres.