After recovering debris from the plane off the east coast of Spain, the airforce confirmed on Twitter that the pilot was dead.
He was named as Comander Eduardo Garvalena Crespo.
A falta de finalizar las tareas de búsqueda, lamentamos informar que nuestro compañero, el comandante Eduardo Garvalena Crespo #Águila5 ha fallecido.
Nos unimos al dolor de sus familiares y amigos DEP ¡Vuela alto compañero! pic.twitter.com/oQ39eOqTzx
— Ejército del Aire (@EjercitoAire) February 27, 2020
It was the third deadly air force accident in the Murcia region in six months.
Last August, a military instructor died when his plane crashed in the same area. The following month another instructor and his trainee died in another crash.