Mirage 2000BG fighter jet of the Hellenic Air Force has crashed into the eastern Aegean Sea during a routine training exercise at 1:24 p.m. Both pilots were successfully able to eject and are safe.

 Hellenic Air Force has said that Mirage 2000BG fighter aircraft lost power while it was flying between the islands of Samos and Fourni.

Both the pilots of the crashed aircraft were picked up by Hellenic military vessel in the area immediately after the crash.

Hellenic Air Force has purchased 36 Mirage 2000EGs and 4 two seater Mirage 2000BG for training of the fighter pilots.  In 2000, Greece placed additional order to purchase 15 Mirage 2000-5 Mark II fighter jets and upgrade 10 existing Mirage 2000EG to ,Mirage 2000-5 Mark II configuration.

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