Spanish military plane crashes outside Madrid, killing pilot

Spanish military plane crashes outside Madrid, killing pilot

Defence sources told Spanish newspaper ABC the pilot "would have been unable to eject" although there is yet no official confirmation about his fate.

An EF-18 fighter jet has crashed at the Torrejon military base outside Madrid, according to the Spanish Defense Ministry.

The ministry said the pilot died in the accident which happened during a landing maneuver.

Television pictures showed a large black plume of smoke rising from the Torrejon de Ardoz base, 12 miles east of the Spanish capital.

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The incident occurred shortly after 11am local time Tuesday.

A Eurofighter that had taken part in national day fly past in Madrid crashed while preparing to land at the Los Llanos base air base (Albacete). The Defense Ministry later identified the pilot as Lt. Fernando Pérez Serrano, 26, from Murcia.

It added in a second message: 'The Air Force is investigating the causes of the accident, which at the moment are unknown'.

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