Francisco Marín Núñe Former Patrulla Aguila pilot Dies in plane crash in sea

Francisco Marín Núñe Former Patrulla Aguila pilot Dies in plane crash in sea

As we have reported earlier a Spanish Air Force CASA C-101EB Aviojet Crashed Into Sea along the Seashore

According to the Defense Ministry, the pilot of a Spanish Air Force plane that crashed this morning in the Mediterranean Sea, in front of the seaside spit La Manga del Mar Menor, in Murica, has died.

An emergency team located the remains – which are still pending forensic testing – of Commander Francisco Marín Núñez, who was the only crew member on board.

Commander Marín was a component pilot of the Aguila Team until 2018 being the “Solo.”

The Patrulla Águila flies seven Casa C-101 Aviojets.

A video of the incident was posted online. The footage does not seem to show any ejection; on the other side it looks like the aircraft was piloted and tried to recover before impacting the water.

Patrulla Aguila (Spanish for “Eagle Patrol”) was formed Jul. 4, 1985 and is the aerobatic demonstration team of the Spanish Air Force. It is based at San Javier Air Base, the same location of the Spanish Air Force academy, near Mar Menor and La Manga, in the Murcia region of Spain. Flying seven Casa C-101 Aviojets, they are the only team to use yellow smoke and are also known for their formation landings.

The CASA C-101 Aviojet is a low-wing single engine jet-powered advanced trainer and light attack aircraft. It is in service with the Spanish Air Force and other countries.

It was designed to replace the Hispano Saeta. Spanish aircraft maker CASA began work on the C-101 in 1975. MBB and Northrop helped with the development, and the first four prototypes flew in June 1977. The design followed that of other jet trainers such as the BAE Hawk and the Alpha Jet, but was less aerodynamically sophisticated, with an unswept wing, and it had limited weapons capability.

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