Spanish military jet crashes outside Madrid, killing pilot

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Spain saw its second fatal military plane crash in week when a pilot died as an F-18 fighter crashed shortly after takeoff in Madrid on Tuesday.

A spokesman said the F-18 crashed at the Torrejon de Ardoz base during take-off. On Oct. 12, an aircraft crashed upon landing at the Los Llanos Air Base, killing the pilot who was participating in Spain's national day military parade.

The cause of crash of plane was announced that investigation into accident was not yet known.

Firefighters stationed at the air base are leading the emergency response, and video posted on social media shows thick plumes of black smoke rising from the crash scene.

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

The pilot Borja Aybar, whose wife and young baby were waiting for him at the air base he was preparing to land at nearby, died.

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