The accident occurred, according to the flight plan, in the landing maneuver and is believed to have been due to a mechanical failure. The instructor and the student who were on board have died.
An instructor and a student of the General Air Academy have died in the accident of a military plane in the waters of the Mar Menor, as reported by the Air Force. The accident occurred this noon when the aircraft has rushed to the Mar Menor, in front of San Javier, very close to the General Air Academy.
The plane has fallen near the coast of Santiago de la Ribera, where the General Air Academy is located and a few meters from the beach of Barnuevo.
The accident has occurred after 12 hours a few meters from the town center where emergency personnel are working in recovery of the localities affected by the DANA.
The flight plan, as Antena 3 Noticias has been able to know, recorded the takeoff of the plane at 11.20 hours and its landing at 12.15, but it crashed just two minutes before taking land.
As reported by the acting Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, the pilots declared the emergency due to a mechanical failure.
“The engine stopped and the nose was tilted, in 15 seconds it was sunk,” says a witness in statements to Antena 3 Noticias.
The deceased are Daniel Melero Ordonez, commander of the Air Force who was a pilot of the Eagle Patrol and his student, who was also on board the device, is Rosa Almirón Otero.
The plane is a model Enaer T-35C Pillán or Sieve , which is designated by the Air Force with the code E-26 Sieve, and whose mission is to teach the students of the AGA. The first flight of this type of models occurred in March 1981, it entered service in Spain in 1987 and its country of origin is Chile. Specifically, the manufacturer is ENAER-CASA.
This is the second accident that occurs in the area in recent weeks. Less than a month ago a C101 aircraft of the Eagle Patrol of the Air Force fell on Levante Beach and the pilot died immediately after trying to launch into the sea to save his life.