Greek Fighter Pilot Died in Jet Crash in Aegean Sea

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Greek fighter pilot died in jet crash in Aegean Sea, according to a report published on April 12, 2018.

This crash happened in the midst of rising tensions and mock dogfights in airspace disputed with Turkey. Greek navy ships and army helicopters were sent in search of the missing pilot and later, death of pilot was announced by Panos Kammenos, the defense minister of the country.

Panos Kammenos said, “A Greek pilot joins the pantheon of heroes. He fell in the defense of our national sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The crash of a Mirage 2000-5 jet at the north of the island of Skyros was informed to the state broadcaster by the officials from the Greek defense ministry. A proper reason for the crash was not mentioned by them, however, patrols have been increased in recent weeks along the disputed boundary over the Greek islands, with both Turkey and Greece flying sorties in the area. Although they are generally unarmed, their close engagements have led to fears of a potentially inflammatory accident.

According to the Greek media report, a pair of Mirages were scrambled to intercept Turkish jets in the Aegean earlier on Thursday. The military of Turkey denied their involvement in this crash and also said that there were no Turkish planes in that area at the time of this incident. The crashed Mirage was one of two jets that was sent to intercept Turkish planes in the area.

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