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F18 military plane crash leaves pilot dead in Spain

AFP     17th October, 2017 08:26:48 printer

F18 military plane crash leaves pilot dead in Spain

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.

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