A military flight instructor and his pupil died on Wednesday after their light aircraft crashed into the Mar Menor on the Murcia coast.
The dead pilot was named as 50-year-old Daniel Melero Ordóñez, a very experienced Spanish air force pilot. The dead pupil was 20-year-old Rosa María Almirón Otero.
Engine failure during takeoff has been blamed for the accident. Eyewitnesses said that the aircraft had dived straight into the water of Mar Menor with no time to take evasive action.