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Spanish military jets crash, killing three

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  • Two Spanish Mirage F-1 fighter jets have crashed during a training mission
  • Three crew members on board dead, according to defense ministry
  • Incident happened Tuesday in the province of Albacete
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By Al Goodman, CNN Madrid Bureau Chief
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MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- Two Spanish air force Mirage F-1 fighter jets crashed on Tuesday during a training mission, killing the three crew members on board, Spain's Defense Ministry said on its Web site.

The French-made jets, one a single-seater and the other carrying two pilots, crashed to the ground about 3 kilometers, or 1.9 miles apart, in the province of Albacete east of Madrid, the defense ministry said.

It was not immediately clear if the jets collided in mid-air before striking the ground, and that's under investigation, a defense ministry spokesman told CNN.

The dead pilots were two air force captains and a lieutenant, aged 29 to 33, the ministry Web site said.

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