Pilot and student killed in another training flight crash
A 50-year-old flight instructor with the Spanish Air Force and his 20-year-
old female student both died as their plane crashed into the sea off a
popular tourist beach and narrowly missed boats in a luxury marina.
The two victims were Commander Daniel Melero Ordóñez from Cádiz and third-year student Rosa Almirón Otero of Lucena, Córdoba.
This was the second accident involving a plane from the Academia General del Aire, the Spanish air force’s officer training academy, in less than a month and in the same area. On August 26th, Commander Francisco Marín Núñez also lost his life when his fghter plane plunged into the ocean.
A full investigation is already underway to determine the cause of this latest double tragedy but it is believed the plane’s only engine failed and the pilot was trying to crashland in the water.
The accident happened in the saltwater lagoon of the Mar Menor in the tourist destination of Santiago de la Ribera in Murcia which is a popular tourist destination. It is also home to the AGA and training flights are often seen over the beach and sea.