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Spain opens inquiry into deadly Nato fighter jet crash

Smoke from the Greek F-16 fighter plane after it crashed on Monday
Smoke from the Greek F-16 fighter plane after it crashed on Monday Reuters

An investigation has started to determine the cause of Monday’s fighter jet crash in Spain in which nine French and two Greek military personnel died. A Spanish judge has opened an inquiry with French experts assisting him.

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Investigators started probing Tuesday how the F-16 fighter jet crashed during an elite Nato training in Los Llanos military base in south-eastern Spain. As well as the French and Greek military personnel who were killed, 20 people were injured.

The jet lost power as it took off according to Spanish Defence Minister Pedro Morenes.
Visiting the site on Tuesday, France’s Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the tragedy “would leave a permanent mark on our collective memory”.

The death toll was the highest suffered by the French army in one day since an ambush in Afghanistan in which 10 people died in 2008.
 

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