The crash of the Hellenic Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16D during NATO’s Tactical Leadership Programme at Albacete in Spain on 26 January took out six French military jets, Paris confirmed to French media.
Upon the sad loss of life of the two crew on board the Greek fighter jet and the nine French service men/woman on the ground, the material toll for France has been high. Two Mirage 2000Ds and two Alpha Jets have been written off. Moreover, two Dassault Rafale Bs have been severely damaged by the fire that was caused by the crashing Greek fighter jet.
Italian AMX light attack aircraft were damaged and will be possible written off as well. The official assessment for one or two US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles near the crash site is not in yet.
The cause of the tragedy is still being determined.
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Featured image: A French Air Force (Armée de l’Air) Mirage 2000D during better times, taking off from Nancy-Ochey Airbase, France during exercise Green Shield 2014. (Image © Dennis Spronk)