An F18 fighter jet crashed on takeoff at a military base near Madrid on Tuesday, killing the pilot -- the second time a military plane has come down in Spain in a week.
The defence ministry said the plane had crashed near the Torrejon de Ardoz base, around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the capital, "due to a loss of power".
"The pilot of the airplane has died as a consequence of the accident," it said in a statement, as Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted his condolences.
The crash came just days after the pilot of a Eurofighter jet was killed Thursday on the approach to landing at a military base at Albacete, 300 kilometres southeast of Madrid. The jet had been taking part in a military display for Spain's national day.
Two other Eurofighter jets crashed in Spain in 2010 and 2014, both times killing the pilot..