THE midnight mystery of a low flying Costa del Sol fighter jet, that left expats fearing it was going to crash, has deepened.
An ex-military pilot has insisted the aircraft must have been offering military assistance to civilian authorities for illegal criminal activity such as shadowing drugs, terrorists or other criminals.
“The helicopter could have been Police National back up,” insisted Steve.
“No pilot in his right mind would fly low and at night in mountainous area for fun or to show off.”
Meanwhile, Geoff Jones, a resident of the Costa de Sol who witnessed the unidentified aircraft flying ‘erratically’ at low level between Marbella and Sotogrande around 5am on Easter Sunday, insisted someone needed to get to the bottom of it.
“Night exercise by any military flying operations are not authorised over built up areas, day or night,” he added.
Expat forums have since filled with conspiracy theories as to the pilot’s motives, while local radio stations and the Olive Press newsroom have been inundated with calls.
Some believe the aircraft could be one of the new Eurofighters that are assembled near Marbella.
Other theories included the possibility that it was one of four Spanish F-18s previously involved in the Libya conflict, from the nearby US air base at Moron de la Frontera.
There have also been suggestions that there were in fact more than one plane.
“I am sure there was more than one jet, plus later on, there was a propeller plane,” insisted Tom MacLaren.
“The noise from the planes was very loud, so I don’t know how anyone in Estepona slept through it.
“It felt like we were under attack!”
When contacted by the Olive Press, a spokesman for Malaga Airport’s operations centre said: “We can’t give any information about those types of flights.”
When pushed as to the reason why, the spokesman declined to comment.
A spokesman for Gibraltar Airport said they were not aware of the incident as Gibraltar air space – which is only open from 8am to 9pm – was closed at the time.