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Greece: Pilot confirmed dead in HAF training jet crash

The pilot of a Hellenic Air Force T-2 Buckeye training jet that crashed Wednesday near the Kalamata airbase in the Peloponnese has been confirmed dead. The pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft.

In a statement, the Hellenic Air Force Air Staff identified the deceased pilot as Squadron Leader Epaminondas Kostas, aged 40.

The causes of the crash remain unknown.

The US-made T-2 Buckeye first flew in the late 1950s and has served as the Greek air force’s main training plane for decades.

By decision of the Minister of National Defense, Mr. Nikos Dendias, three days of mourning were declared for the Armed Forces of the country, from yesterday, Wednesday 27 December until tomorrow Friday, 29 December 2023.