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Greek Air Force Pilot, 39, Killed in Free-fall Exercise

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 09:38 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Air Force has declared three days of national mourning after a pilot was killed during a free-fall exercise in southern Greece.

The Air Force said Squadron Leader Nikolaos Vassiliou, 39, was killed when his ?-2E Buckeye training jet crashed in a forest near the southern city of Sparta, 220 kilometers (135 miles) southwest of Athens.

Vassiliou's co-pilot ejected safely and was unharmed, the Air Force said.

The T-2, a plane retired from service by the U.S. Navy in 2008, took off a base in the Kalamata, southern Greece. In the exercise, pilots practice regaining control of the aircraft after a free fall.

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Greece's Air Force has declared three days of national mourning after a pilot was killed during a free-fall exercise in southern Greece.The Air Force said Squadron Leader Nikolaos Vassiliou, 39, was killed when his ?-2E Buckeye training jet crashed in a forest near the...
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