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Crash of a Greek Mirage in the Aegean Sea

(photo credit: Greek Air Force)

(B2) A Greek Air Force Mirage 2000-5 crashed in the Aegean Sea near Skyros (9 miles northeast of the island). It was 12:15 p.m. (11:15 a.m. Paris/Bxl time) when the signal with the plane was lost, according to theAir Force Greek. The plane was in the landing phase.

Pilot's death confirmed

Research was undertaken using boats. But the driver of the single-seater, George Baltadorou, did not survive. Defense Minister Panos Kamennos paid tribute to him in a tweet published a few minutes ago paying tribute to the one who is “ fell […] in defense of our national sovereignty and territorial integrity ».

Returning from a mission to intercept Turkish planes

According to Greek defense sources quoted by the daily Kathimerini, the Mirage was returning from a mission to intercept Turkish planes in the Aegean Sea accomplished earlier in the day, but “ no hostile activity would not be in question. NB: Even if Turkish hunting does not seem to be in question, this incident should not settle the tension between the two countries, complicated by the detention of two Greek soldiers in Turkey. Or it could, on the contrary, facilitate, in the shared pain, a certain unblocking.

(NGV)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).