The Weapon Techniques Officer was discovered useless, the pilot remains to be lacking.
A F-4E AUP Phantom II of the Hellenic Air Force crashed at 10:30 am native time on January 30, 2023, 25 nautical miles south of Andravida Air Base. The crash occurred whereas the plane was performing a low altitude coaching flight over the Ionian Sea at 300 ft with one other F-4E, who first raised the alarm and began loitering over the world as rescue forces had been alerted.
Two AB-205 helicopters of the Hellenic Air Force and a S-70 helicopter of the Hellenic Navy had been instantly launched for the Search And Rescue effort, whereas a C-130 was placed on alert and able to takeoff. The Hellenic Coast Guard rushed to the world with its naval vessels. The crash web site was recognized, with particles discovered floating by the belongings on scene.
On the time of writing, the Weapon Techniques Officer, First Lieutenant Marios Michail Touroutsikas, 29, was found dead on scene, whereas the search remains to be ongoing for the pilot, Captain Efstathios Tsitlakides, 31. Native media are reporting that the 2 officers were not able to eject, however this has not been confirmed.
This morning, a Hellenic Air Pressure F-4E Phantom II crashed within the Ionian Sea throughout a low-level coaching flight. WSO First Lieutenant Marios Michail Touroutsikas, 29, was killed within the crash, SAR operation for lacking Captain Efstathios Tsitlakides, 31, nonetheless ongoing. pic.twitter.com/szGNpPeYZI
— e-Αmyna (@e_amyna) January 30, 2023
The Phantom II was assigned to the 338th Squadron (Mira) “Ares” of the 117th Fighter Wing at Andravida air base. The plane has been recognized because the F-4E Phantom II with serial quantity 01507 and development quantity 4465 that was first delivered in Might 1974. The plane went on to turn out to be the primary to be upgraded throughout the Peace Icarus 2000 modernization program and delivered again to the HAF in December 2002.
Η Πολεμική Αεροπορία παρέλαβε το μοιραίο F-4E Phantom II (s/n 01507 c/n 4465) τον Μάιο του 1974. Ήταν το πρώτο A/Φ παραγωγής του προγράμματος εκσυγχρονισμού Peace Icarus 2000 που παραδόθηκε από την ΕΑΒ στις 18 Δεκεμβρίου 2002. Πλέον απομένουν 33 F-4E στην 338 Μοίρα. pic.twitter.com/Am8xyQkjyh
— e-Αmyna (@e_amyna) January 31, 2023