A Spanish fighter pilot ejected before his fighter jet crashed into the ocean off the southern coast of Spain on Monday, but he didn’t survive.
Commander Francisco Marin Nunez’s body was found in the water near La Manga Souk. The C-101 training jet hit the water at high speed at about 9:38 a.m. Monday. Several onlookers took video of the crash.
The C-101 is a training aircraft used by the Eagle Patrol at the San Javier air academy. Nunez was an instructor for the aircraft and was the only occupant in the plane.
Three beaches were closed to the public as investigators searched for debris.
The crash comes just months after Spain approved a replacement for the aging C-101 fighter, which first entered service in 1980.