The Greek pilot who was flying the old A7 Corsair managed to use the ejection seat mechanism and survive the crash. The incident occurred at around 10 am local time according to a witness.
The fighter jet was participating in a training exercise at the Evros region and had taken off together with another A7 aircraft from the 116 Combat Wing.
Although initial estimates indicate that the plane experienced a mechanical failure, an experts committee has been called to look into the case.
Minister of National Defense Demetris Avramopoulos contacted the pilot in order to congratulate him for his prompt reaction and wished him a fast recovery.
Official announcements are expected.