The death count from the crash of a Greek jet-fighter plane during NATO-led exercises in southeastern Spain on Monday, rose to 11 Tuesday after one of the French airmen, who suffered serious injuries died at a Madrid hospital, according to the statement released by Spain’s Ministry of Defense.
The identities of the dead pilots were confirmed on Tuesday. They are Panagiotis Laskaris, 35, and Athanasios Zangas, 31. Both were experienced pilots with over 1,000 hours of flight-time.
Another eight French air force members lost their lives when the plane came down on at the Los Llanos base.
Eleven Italians and nine French were injured.
The exact reasons for the accident remained unclear but reports indicated that the jet lost power abruptly during takeoff.
The Greek armed forces will observe three days of mourning for the death of the two Greek pilots, the country’s Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday.