Ten dead, 13 injured in Greek fighter jet crash in Spain

Smoke rising after a Greek F-16 aircraft crashed at Los Llanos air base in Albacete, eastern Spain, on Monday. -- PHOTO: EPA
Smoke rising after a Greek F-16 aircraft crashed at Los Llanos air base in Albacete, eastern Spain, on Monday. -- PHOTO: EPA

MADRID (AFP) - A Greek fighter jet crashed on takeoff at a military airbase in Spain while taking part in Nato exercises Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 13, the defence ministry said.

"Seven of the injured are in a 'very serious' condition," a defence ministry spokesman said.

Earlier on Monday the defence ministry said a Greek F-16 plane had crashed on takeoff at the base at Los Lanos near the southeastern city of Albacete, striking other planes parked on the tarmac, but that it was not immediately clear if there had been fatalities.

"The plane, part of Nato's Tactical Leadership Programme, was participating in an exercise when it lost strength during takeoff, crashing into the parking area for planes, striking some planes," the statement said.

"Emergency crews are working to put out the fire to determine if there are fatalities and evaluate the damages that may have been caused to other Nato planes," it added.

Television footage showed flames billowing from the crash site, which was shrouded in black smoke.