Spanish Air Force C-101 Jet Crashes into Sea Off La Manga, Murcia, Pilot Killed

A Spanish Air Force C-101 Aviojet jet aircraft has crashed into the sea in the vicinity of La Manga, Murcia on Feb. 27 afternoon killing the pilot, the service announced.

According to the Air Force, the jet trainer belonged to its Patrulla Aguila (Eagle Patrol) aerobatics demonstration team and the incident occurred during a trial flight.

The service later confirmed that the aircraft involved in the incident is Patrulla Aguila’s SOLO (Eagle 5, Águila 5) and the pilot of the aircraft was identified as Commander Eduardo Garvalena Crespo.

Patrulla Águila, formed 4 July 1985, is the aerobatic demonstration team of the Spanish Air Force. Flying seven Casa C-101 Aviojets, the team is based at San Javier Air Base at the location of the Air Force’s General Air Academy (Academia General del Aire, AGA) near Mar Menor and La Manga.

In August last year, a Spanish Air Force C-101, belonging to the General Air Academy, crashed into the Mediterranean Sea around 4 km off the coast of La Manga killing its pilot.

CASA C-101 Aviojet

The CASA C-101 Aviojet is a low-wing single engine jet-powered advanced trainer and light attack aircraft designed and manufactured by Spanish aircraft company Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA). It was developed in response to a Spanish Air Force requirement in 1975 for a jet trainer to replace its aging fleet of Hispano HA-200s and Ha.220s.

On 17 March 1980, the first examples were introduced to operational service with the Spanish Air Force, which would be the principal customer for the C-101. The initial model possessed only a limited weapons capability, this attack capability was expanded upon later-built aircraft.

The aircraft currently remains in service in the Spanish Air Force and some other countries; it is also flown by the Spanish Air Force’s Patrulla Aguila (Eagle Patrol) aerobatics team.

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