Spanish Air Force CASA C-101EB Aviojet Crashed Into Sea along the Seashore. Search operations are being conducted.
A Casa C-101 Aviojet advanced trainer of the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force), has crashed into the Mediterranean waters today in an accident off the coast of La Manga del Mar Menor, in Murcia, not far from San Javier Air Base.
According to the first unconfirmed reports, the aircraft belonged to the Patrulla Águila (Spanish for “Eagle Patrol”), the Spanish Air Force’s display team and the only pilot on the plane managed to eject before impact.
11.07. h. Prosigue la búsqueda del tripulante del avión accidentado. NO ha sido localizado aún. Imagen de la zona tomada desde helicóptero HE010. pic.twitter.com/hD6OVsNZfa
However, the only official statement only says the aicraft was flown by an IP (Instructor Pilot) of the Academia General del Aire, the academy of officers of the Spanish Air Force, that is base at San Javier, the same air base that hosts the aerobatic demonstration team of the Spanish Air Force.
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.
The Eagle Patrol, acrobatic unit based in the General Academy of Air (AGA) of San Javier in Murcia, is known for painting the flag in the sky and prancing in military parades.
The C-101 is a “basic” training aircraft that allows aeronautical training “from the early stages of flight to the transition to fighter planes,” Defense explains on its website. It is built entirely in Spain by Aeronautical Constructions ( CASA )
Copla Plan have come to the area to find and rescue the pilot. In the images that circulate through networks it can be seen clearly how the plane made a loop or “looping” and enters the water, although it is not appreciated if the pilot had left ejected.
More than a thousand students of the AGA have flown in this aircraft and trained most of the pilots of the Air Force.