[Updated] A CASA C-101 Aviojet of the Spanish Air Force Has Crashed Earlier This Morning

A C-101 of the Spanish Air Force (Image credit: Wiki/Alex Beltyukov - RuSpotters Team)

A video shows the aircraft crashing into the sea.

A Casa C-101 Aviojet advanced trainer of the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force), has crashed into the Mediterranean waters today in an accident off the coast of La Manga del Mar Menor, in Murcia, not far from San Javier Air Base. According to the first unconfirmed reports (the linked page has been edited), the aircraft belonged to the Patrulla Águila (Spanish for “Eagle Patrol”), the Spanish Air Force’s display team and the only pilot on the plane managed to eject before impact, however, the only official statement only says the aicraft was flown by an IP (Instructor Pilot) of the Academia General del Aire, the academy of officers of the Spanish Air Force, that is based at San Javier, the same air base that hosts the aerobatic demonstration team of the Spanish Air Force.

Unfortunately, the IP died in the incident.

The Patrulla Águila flies seven Casa C-101 Aviojets.

A file photo of a C-101 of the Spanish Air Force’s Patrulla Águila team. (Image credit: Author).

A video of the incident was posted online. The footage does not seem to show any ejection; on the other side it looks like the aircraft was piloted and tried to recover before impacting the water.

A search and rescue operation is underway:

The pilot killed in the incident was Comandante Francisco Marín, the former solo (Aguila 5) of the Patrulla Aguila:

H/T José Luis for the heads-up.

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