THE Albanian ministry of defence have confirmed that the pilot killed flying a helicopter suspected of smuggling drugs from Morocco to Spain was an officer in their armed forces.
He was named as Major Sokol Feka who had served for eight years. It is believed he had taken leave from 12-31 January but had not asked for a permit to travel abroad.
The aircraft crashed into an electricity pylon in darkness near Cortes de la Frontera in Malaga province, Andalucia while it was trying to avoid detection by a helicopter of the Spanish Guardia Civil.
The pilot and co-pilot of the crashed helicopter, which was painted black to avoid detection in darkness, both died in the crash.
According to sources around 30 packages of hashish were found – weighing almost 1,000 kilos.