The Iraqi Ministry of Transport said that an Iraqi pilot went missing on Sunday during training to pilot a plane in turbulent weather conditions in western Greece, and confirmed that the Greek authorities began the largest search operation to find him by a team led by a military general.
The ministry said in a statement that pilot Ammar Ibrahim lost contact after taking off from Kozani airport towards western Greece, noting that colleagues of the missing pilot who were within the Iraqi students’ mission to Egnatia Aviation had formed search teams that officially joined the Greek rescue teams.
She emphasized that the incident is receiving great attention by it and in high-level coordination with the Greek authorities, which carry out the largest search operation through its air and ground teams led by a military general and more than 500 affiliates around the clock.
Transportation: Colleagues of the missing pilot Ammar Ibrahim join the Greek rescue teams. In an important step, colleagues of the missing pilot Ammar …
Posted by Iraqi Ministry of Transportation on Monday, 1 February 2021
Greek media said that the last contact with the plane – a type “Diamond DV20” Belonging to the Greek Ignacia Aviation Academy – it was at 12:28, 5 miles northeast of the airport, minutes after take-off.
The missing pilot is 32 years old, and has completed 40 hours of flying with an instructor, then was allowed to fly alone, losing contact with him an hour after taking off the training plane alone.
The young trainee pilot who went missing on the Egnatia Aviation plane is named Amar Ibrahim. https://t.co/iCs68CJcVV
— TheTOC (@TheTOC_gr) February 1, 2021
The Iraqi Airways announced earlier that it was closely following the news about the loss of a Greek training plane, which was piloted by a trained Iraqi pilot at its expense.
The Iraqi Embassy in Athens continues its contacts with the competent Greek authorities and with the Academy, which indicated that the bad weather conditions in the areas where contact with the plane was lost contributed to the difficulty of the search operations that are still ongoing.
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