Pilot killed as Spanish Eurofighter jet crashes near base

Eurofighter jet crash spain albacete fireball smoke

The crash happened at the Los Llanos air force base, close to the city of Albacete, south of Madrid, and the Spanish Defense Ministry named the pilot as Captain Borja Aybar.

This is the second Eurofighter that has crashed in a month.

A Spanish Eurofighter jet crashed on Thursday after taking part in a military display in Madrid for Spain's national day, killing its pilot, the defence ministry said.

Thursday's parade saw the participation of 3,900 military personal, along with 78 different aircraft, including four Eurofighters. It slammed into the water just a few hundred meters offshore, sending up a huge plume of smoke and spray upon impact.

They say the pilot did not have enough time to jump out of the jet. The cause of accident is investigated. Information about the pilot of the crashed fighter yet.

Spain's national day marks the date that Christopher Columbus first arrived in the Americas in 1492.

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