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Saudi officer dies in Spanish Typhoon crash

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 27, 2010
A Spanish two-seat Typhoon

A senior Saudi army officer died on August 24 during a training flight in a Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon which crashed shortly after takeoff from the Moron Air Base in Seville.

According to reports from the Spanish defence ministry, the Typhoon struck the ground shortly after takeoff for unknown reasons. The Spanish pilot managed to eject before the aircraft hit the ground, but the Saudi lieutenant colonel on board was killed. A special committee has been established to investigate the accident.

Separately, two F-16s from the Hellenic Air Force were involved in a fatal mid-air collision on August 26 over an area south of the island of Crete.

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The two aircraft involved were a two seater and single seater, which were part of a six aircraft team on a training mission from the Souda air force base. Three pilots were said to be involved, with two injured after ejecting, while the third died.

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