Stunt pilot killed as Spain’s ‘Eagle Patrol’ military plane crashes at sea


The plane was portion of the Patrulla Águila acrobatic squad of the Spanish Air Force. Photo: MINISTERIO DE DEFENSA

A Spanish military plane crashed on Monday off the southeastern coast and the pilot was killed.

The C-101 — the exact same aircraft applied by Spain’s air force Eagle Patrol aerobatics group — was on a “instruction flight” when it crashed close to the resort of La Manga at 9.36am on Monday, a statement stated.

At 1st reports recommended that the flight instructor on board the plane might have been “in a position to eject ahead of the plane crashed in the sea” and rescue solutions had been dispatched to search for him, the defence ministry stated.

But emergency solutions in Murcia later confirmed that they had identified the lifeless physique of the pilot amongst the wreckage.

He was named as Francisco Marín Núñez.


A video filmed by a witness and posted on Twitter shows a tiny aircraft falling at a close to vertical ahead of attempting to straighten up and hurtling into the water.   

onfirmado el fallecimiento del piloto de avión del Ejército del Aire

⚫󾃺ún llegan restos del avión a la costa de La Manga del Mar Menor

— Alejandro Melgares (@elentrometido) August 26, 2019


The plane came down close to an air base outdoors the town of San Javier just off Galúa beach.

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