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Pilot dies in Spanish Air Force plane crash in Mediterranean

On Monday, seven people were killed when a helicopter and a small plane collided in the air above the Spanish island of Mallorca

The pilot of a Spanish Air Force plane that crashed this morning in the Mediterranean Sea, in front of the seaside spit La Manga del Mar Menor, in Murica, has died, according to the Defense Ministry.

An emergency team located the remains – which are still pending forensic testing – of Commander Francisco Marín Núñez, who was the only crew member on board.

Although initial reports suggested there could have been two pilots on the aircraft, the Defense Ministry confirmed that there was only one instructor on board, who died in the accident despite having ejected.

Emergency services from Murcia searched for the pilot in the Mediterranean Sea, near kilometer 4 of La Manga.

The C-101 model, manufactured by the Spanish company CASA, is known in the military as an E-25 Mirlo and is used for advanced basic training at the Air Force.

On Monday, seven people were killed when a helicopter and a small plane collided in the air above the Spanish island of Mallorca, authorities said.

“The cause of the crash is still totally unclear,” the company said in a press release.

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