Spanish F-18 fighter jet crashes on takeoff near Madrid, pilot killed

A Spanish Air Force EF-18 fighter jet has crashed on take-off killing the pilot at the Torrejon de Ardoz base, around 20 kilometres from Madrid, shortly after 11 am local time on Tuesday, according to the Spanish Defense Ministry.

The Defense Ministry later identified the pilot as Lt. Fernando Pérez Serrano, 26, from Murcia. The EF-18, a modified F/A-18 Hornet, involved in the crash was from the 12th wing of the Spanish Air Force.

“The pilot of the airplane has died as a consequence of the accident, which happened during take-off,” the Spanish defence ministry said in a tweet following the crash.

The Air Force has launched an investigation to find the causes of the accident that, for the moment, are unknown.

This is the second crash involving a Spanish fighter jet in a week. On Oct. 12, a Eurofighter Typhoon crashed near to the Los Llanos air base in Albacete south of Madrid killing the pilot. Two other Eurofighter jets crashed in Spain in 2010 and 2014, both times killing the pilot.

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