MADRID, SPAIN (TOE) – Eight French nationals and two Greeks were killed and 21 people injured when a Greek fighter-jet crashed during take-off at a base in Spain, the defence ministry said.
The F-16 crashed at about 3:30 p.m. shortly after taking off at a training center in Albacete, 262 kilometres southeast of the Spanish capital of Madrid.
The plane hit other aircraft parked at the base.
The Greek fighter jet was carrying out a NATO training exercise at the Spanish base but something went wrong during the take-off.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that he was deeply saddened by the crash.
"This is a tragedy which affects the whole NATO family. I express my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones and the nations of those who lost their lives, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured."