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Ministry: 10 dead, 13 injured in Greek F-16 crash at Spanish airport

ALBACETE, SPAIN (BNO NEWS) -- At least 10 people were killed Monday and 13 others were injured after a Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed at Albacete Airport in southeastern Spain, the country’s ministry of defense said.

The accident happened when the aircraft lost power while attempting to take off, causing it to crash into other planes on the ground and sparking a major blaze. Among the dead are the plane’s two pilots and eight people on the ground.

The defense ministry, which cautioned that the figures are preliminary, said seven of those injured were in a critical condition at University Hospital of Albacete after suffering burns. The condition of five others was not immediately known. A thirteenth victim had already been discharged after being treated.

“As more information is confirmed it will be passed on,” the ministry said in a statement.

The plane crashed while participating in a NATO training exercise at Spain’s Los Llanos (Albacete) airbase, which regularly hosts NATO aircraft for training, the defense ministry said.

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