Monday, December 11, 2017

A Spanish military fighter plane has crashed on the outskirts of Madrid, killing its pilot, the Spanish Defence Ministry said.

A spokesman said the F-18 crashed at the Torrejon de Ardoz base during take-off.

No one else was in the jet at the time.

Images in Spanish media showed plumes of smoke rising from the base’s runway.

“As a result of the accident, which happened during takeoff manoeuvre, the plane’s pilot has died,” the ministry said on Twitter.

It said it had no details of the cause of the accident.

It was the second air force accident in less than a week. Last Thursday, a Eurofighter pilot died while maneuvering to land at a base in southeastern Spain after taking part in a military parade in Madrid.