HELLENIC MIRAGE 2000 CRASHED AFTER TURKISH F-16 INTERCEPTION

Hellenic Mirage 2000 crash F-16 interception
Hellenic Mirage 2000 crashed after Turkish F-16 interception.

An Hellenic Air Force Mirage 2000-5 crashed today at approx. 9 miles northeast of Skyrosisland after the interception of a Turkish F-16 that had violated Greece's airspace. The HAF QRA aircraft took off together with a second Mirage 2000 to identify and escort the Turkish fighter outside the national borders. According to some local media, the fighters have engaged a doghfit, but there are no official confirmations about it.

Unfortunately the Greek pilot was killed in the accident. The pilot of the second Mirage 2000 said he had not seen the parachute, probably the HAF officer didn't eject. The two Greek fighters were on their way to the home base when the mishap occurred.

Just two days ago Greek soldiers fired warning shots at a Turkish helicopter after it approached the small island of Ro, which marks their border in the Aegean Sea. The two facts could be related.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: George Karavantos


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