An F18 fighter jet crashed while on takeoff at a military base close to Madrid on Tuesday, killing the pilot in the process. It is the second time for a military plane to crash down in Spain in only a week.
The crash is near the Torrejon de Ardoz base, around 20 kilometers from Madrid. The Spanish defense ministry confirmed via a tweet the pilot’s unfortunate death from the crash. The tweet said: “The pilot of the airplane has died as a consequence of the accident, which happened during takeoff.”
Rescue teams have been sent to the scene of the incident.
A ministry spokesman said the cause of the crash has yet to be established.
On Thursday last week, a pilot of a Eurofighter jet was also killed during another crash as the plane was approaching landing at a military base at Albacete, 300 kilometers southeast of the capital.
The Eurofighter 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, and in both accidents, the pilots were also killed.
It is not reported yet whether today’s crash has a passenger outside of the pilot.
This is a developing story.