Paris, January 26, 2015
The French President was deeply shocked to learn of the death of eight air force personnel after an F-16 fighter plane crashed shortly after take-off from the Albacete base in Spain, during a NATO air exercise.
The accident also caused serious burns to six mechanics, according to the casualty figures provided by the Spanish authorities.
He expresses his profound respect for the commitment of these personnel – officers and NCOs – who were preparing for operational air force missions. He recalls that every day, French air force personnel engaged in the Sahel and over Iraq are bravely and efficiently carrying out missions to combat terrorist groups and consolidate our security.
The Head of State extends his very sincere condolences to the victims’ families, friends and colleagues and assures them of the nation’s full solidarity in these painful circumstances.
The Defence Minister will visit the scene of the tragedy in Spain as soon as possible./.