The two Hellenic Air Force aviators who died after their F-16 fighter aircraft crashed during take-off from the Los Llanos airbase in Albacete, Spain, were experienced pilots with more than 1,000 flight hours.
First-Lt. Panagiotis Laskaris, 35, was married and the father of a little boy. He had 1,459 flight hours logged in fighter aircraft, 872 hours of which were recorded for the F-16.
First-Lt. Athanasios Zagras, 31, was married and the father of a little boy and girl. He had 1,128 flight hours logged in fighter aircraft, 524 hours of which in F-16.
1st Lt. Laskaris
1st Lt. Zagras
They were scheduled to remain on Spanish territory for about a month.
The programme was to last from Monday the January 19 until February 13, 2015.