THE body of the military pilot who’s jet went down off the coast of southern Spain has been found.

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Commander Francisco Marin Nunez had managed to eject before the C-101 training aircraft crashed but his body was later recovered from the water.

The air plane had been filmed by onlookers as it hit the water at high speed near La Manga.

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Emergency personnel have since located and rescued the pilot’s remains.

The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo had earlier reported a plane had plummeted into the sea, in the area of La Manga Souk.

Authorities have closed three beaches, Entremares, Levante and Galúa in order to recover debris from the stricken plane.

It comes just months after Spain’s government approved the replacement of the C-101 fighter, a plane that first entered service in 1980.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash.

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