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Two dead as Spanish military training plane crashes off Murcia coast

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Two dead as Spanish military training plane crashes off Murcia coast
flight instructor Daniel Melero and trainee pilot Rosa María Almirón were killed in the crash. Photo: Interior Ministry
17:22 CEST+02:00
A light Spanish air force aircraft crashed Wednesday into the sea off the southeastern coast, killing its pilot and his student, the air force said.

The propeller plane was on a training flight when it crashed into the Mediterranean near the coastal town of San Javier in the region of Murcia, it said in a tweet. The plane belonged to military training academy.

The pair were named as flight instructor Daniel Melero and trainee pilot Rosa María Almirón.

San Javier city hall ordered area beaches to be closed until further notice in the wake of the accident.

Last month a military flight instructor died after his small jet crashed at sea in the same area.   

He was able to eject before the plane hit the water but his remains were later found.

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