Spanish military plane crashes outside Madrid, killing pilot

Cheryl Sanders
October 17, 2017

The EF-18, a modified F/A-18 Hornet, was from the 12th wing of the Spanish Air Force, reports El Mundo.

FOR the second time in a week, a Spanish pilot has died following a crash, this time of an F-18 aircraft.

In the aftermath of the crash, witnesses and local media posted pictures from the scene, showing huge plumes of smoke billowing into the air.

According to El Pais, mechanics had warned that the engine was making "a unusual noise" before takeoff.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway, the Ministry of Defense confirmed via Twitter.

Today's accident comes just five days after a Spanish Air Force Eurofighter crashed near a public park in Albacete south of Madrid as it returned from a military display.

The accident at the Torrejon military base east of the city occurred during takeoff, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.

It was returning from Madrid after taking part in celebrations for Spain's National Day.

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