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live Military plane crashed in the Rhodope Mountains

26 August 2014 / 09:08:06  GRReporter
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A military plane crashed in a difficult to access area between the Rhodope Mountains and Evros area shortly before 10:00 am today, as reported by the Greek media. The flight of A-7 Corsair type aircraft was part of training that involved the land forces.

The pilot was able to leave the falling plane in time using the automatic ejection system. A squad of the land forces has found him in good condition and he will be transported to the hospital in Komotini.

The causes for the plane crash are not yet clear but it is assumed that it was due to a technical problem.

The announcement made later by the General Staff of the Greek Air Forces states,

"On Tuesday, 26 August 2014, at 09:45 am, during a training mission involving two A-7 aircraft assigned to division 116PM/336M and when they were north of Komotini, the pilot of aircraft 1 successfully left it. He has been found in good condition and taken to hospital in Komotini. The causes for the crash are under investigation."

The local "Chronos" newspaper reports that eyewitnesses saw how black smoke started coming out of the plane that flew over Gratini. Shortly afterwards it crashed. Rescue teams, a fire engine, an ambulance and the local military leadership quickly arrived on site.

During the examination of the pilot the doctors in Komotini established that he was wounded in the leg. A little later he was sent to the military hospital in Thessaloniki on a Super Puma helicopter.

A fire engine near the burning wreckage of the plane, Photo: AMNA

Tags: Military aircraftRhodope MountainsPilotMilitary trainingAutomatic ejection system
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