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One Greek pilot dead, two injured in mid-air collision of fighter jets

08-27-2010 11:13 BJT

ATHENS, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- A pilot died and two of his colleagues were injured in a mid-air collision between two Greek F-16 jet fighters off the southwestern coast of Crete on Thursday, according to Greek military officials.

The tragedy occurred during a training exercise involving six fighter jets, an official statement released by the Greek Defence Ministry said. There were three crew members on board the two F-16s, which had taken off from a military base in Crete, off Greece's southern coast.

Approximately three hours after the collision, the body of the dead pilot was recovered from the sea in the area of the crash, Greek news agency ANA reported.

Earlier, the other two pilots, who had ejected after the collision, were rescued by Greek vessels and transported to a local hospital. One of them is in a serious condition.

Greek experts attribute the accident to human fault, based on early information. The two jets were bought by the Greek Defence Ministry in 2005.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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