Search continues for missing airman

Search continues for missing airman

A large-scale search-and-rescue operation resumed at first light in western Greece on Tuesday for a Hellenic Air Force officer who has been missing since the jet he was flying went down over the Ionian Sea on Monday.

Captain Efstathios Tsitlakidis, 31, was flying the F-4 Phantom when it crashed while practicing low-altitude flying during a training exercise that began at the Andravida air base in the northwestern Peloponnese.

His co-pilot, Marios Touroutsikas, 29, was confirmed dead after his body was recovered from the aircraft’s wreckage around noon on Monday.

The airmen had reportedly issued a distress signal and were in the process of abandoning the aircraft when it went down.

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