Three Spanish air force pilots killed in double crash

January 20th, 2009 - 10:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Madrid, Jan 20 (DPA) Three Spanish air force pilots were killed Tuesday in an accident involving two Mirage F-1 fighter-bomber planes, defence ministry sources said.The planes, which were on exercise flights, crashed in a private property and near Albacete in the south-east.

Witnesses said they heard an explosion and saw fire and smoke from several kilometres away. It was not clear whether the planes had collided in the air.

One of the planes had two and the other one pilot. The three bodies were retrieved from the wreckage.

The French-made fighter-bombers had been “modernised” recently, said the ministry, which was investigating the cause of the accident.

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