May 7, 2020 / 8:35 PM / 21 days ago

Croatia's defence minister resigns after training plane crash

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia’s Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic resigned on Thursday after two pilots were killed in a crash by a small military training plane in southern Croatia.

The Zlin training plane crashed on Thursday afternoon near the Adriatic city of Zadar.

“It is difficult for every defence minister and commander to lose a soldier. It is important to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into what happened,” Krsticevic told a news conference, adding that he had decided to step down.

He also recalled that two pilots were killed in January in a crash of a military helicopter.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic will meet Krsticevic on Friday, a government representative told the state news agency Hina. The representative did not say whether Plenkovic would accept the resignation.

Reporting by Igor Ilic; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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