Fighter pilots safe after jet goes down off Crete

Two fighter pilots of the Hellenic Air Force were reported as being safe and well on Thursday after their jet went down off the southern coast of Crete earlier in the day.

The pilots, who were flying the F16 jet as part of an educational exercise, ejected from the craft before it nosedived into the sea. They were rescued shortly after.

The accident is believed to have been cased by a mechanical failure.