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Badly injured F16 pilot dies

The second of three air force pilots involved in a midair collision between two F16 jets south of Crete last week died yesterday morning after succumbing to various serious injuries. Flight Lieutenant Sifis Anastasakis, 35, was pronounced dead at 1.15 a.m. He had suffered multiple fractures on Thursday after ejecting from his plane but also experienced three heart attacks on his way to the hospital, which caused severe brain damage. He had a 3-year-old daughter and his wife is expecting another child. Prime Minister George Papandreou expressed his «deepest grief» at the news of Anastasakis’s death. Anastasakis’s co-pilot, 25-year-old Pavlos Votzakis, suffered only minor injuries after ejecting from the plane, but the pilot of the other jet, Anastasios Balatsoukas, 33, was killed instantly in the collision. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.