Croatian Air Force’s twin seater training aircraft crashed in the southwest of the country today, killing both pilots.
The defence ministry said in a statement that Zlin 424L, tail number “403” crashed near Zadar AF base at around 4 p.m. local time Thursday during a routine training flight.
According to the ministry, the deceased were a flight instructor and a cadet, who were flying a small Zlin aircraft. The accident happened at near the village of Biljane Donje.
Photos from the scene show the small plane’s wreckage plunged in a bush near the walls of what appears to be a private house.
The defence ministry has ordered an inquiry into the incident.
The Zlín Z 42 is a single-engine two-seat Czechoslovakian trainer aircraft manufactured by Moravan Otrokovice. It was purchased by the Croatian air force as a basic trainer for its air force.
The country has been trying to modernize its air force by replacing Soviet-era aircraft. However, a deal to buy used F-16 jets from Israel was stalled by the United States.