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Mirage 2000-5 plane came down in the Aegean Sea after allegedly intercepting Turkish jets, Greek state TV ERT said.
A search was under way after a Hellenic Air Force fighter jet crashed into the sea off the coast of Skyros. The Mirage 2000-5 jet fell some nine miles northeast of the island which is part of the Sporades group near the central Aegean, according to a statement issued by the Hellenic Air Force. According to Greek defense sources, the Mirage had been one of Greek two jets on a mission to intercept Turkish jets in the Aegean earlier in the day. The same sources said they did not believe any hostile activity was involved. The Hellenic Air Force said the authorities lost contact with the jet some 9 miles northeast of Skyros at 12.15 p.m. Navy vessels were dispatched to search the area while the fate of jet's pilot remained unknown.
Greek fighter planes are regularly scrambled to intercept Turkish jets over the Aegean.
In particular, according to instructor pilots aircraft of this type who talked to zougla.gr, Mirage 2000-5 he was instructed to fly very low and below the clouds today, Thursday, have "embraced" around the northern Aegean. Presumably, the aircraft "nailed" from very low altitudes due to the mist from the inversion because the special climatological conditions.
According to the same source, the aircraft "nailed" after being trapped in the so-called from the pilots ' soup ' of the Aegean. The pilot of the Mirage reportedly suffered a paraisthitiko phenomenon-vertigo and was impossible to react, because the aircraft was already in very low flight.