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'At least' 10 dead as jet crashes

A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other planes on the ground during Nato training in Spain, killing at least 10 people.

Another 13 people were injured in the incident at the Los Llanos base, which sent flames and a plume of black smoke billowing into the air, Spain's Ministry said in a statement. Seven were in serious condition, one person was treated and released from hospital, while the condition of the other five were not disclosed.

Most of the victims were not believed to be Spaniards but Nato staff from member countries that participated in the program, according to a Defence Ministry official.

The two-seater jet was taking off but lost thrust and crashed into an area of the base where other planes involved in the Nato exercise were parked, the ministry said in a statement.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was "deeply saddened by the crash of a Greek fighter jet at the Los Llanos base in Spain, which has caused many casualties".

He did not specify their nationalities in a statement, but called the crash "a tragedy that affects the whole Nato family".

The Spanish ministry said the jet that crashed was taking part in a Nato training exercise called the Tactical Leadership Program.

The 10 Nato countries that participate in TLP are Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States.

Spain's Defence Ministry did not immediately disclose the nationalities of those participating at Los Llanos on Monday.

The Los Llanos base is near the southeastern Spanish city of Albacete, about a two and a half hour drive from Madrid.


From Belfast Telegraph