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Spanish pilot dies in crash after National Day parade

A Eurofighter jet has crashed, killing its pilot, as it was returning to a military base in Spain’s southeast on Thursday, the country’s air force said.

The aircraft had been involved in a military display in Madrid during National Day celebrations and was on the approach to the Los Llanos Air Base on the outskirts of Albacete.

“As a result of the accident, which happened while maneuvering for landing, the pilot of the aircraft has passed away,” the Spanish Air Face confirmed in a series of tweets from their official account.

First responders attended the scene on farmland near the base after receiving a call around midday local (7 a.m. ET), Reuters reported.

The cause of the crash was unclear and the Ministry of Defense has launched an investigation, the air force added.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered his condolences to the pilot’s family on Twitter and said that he was en route to the site of the accident with the Spanish Minister of Defense, Maria Dolores de Cospedal.

 

SOURCE: CNN

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