Pilot dies in military jet crash at base near Madrid

A pilot has died in a military jet crash at an air base outside Madrid, Spain's defence ministry has said.

A ministry spokesman said the F-18 jet crashed at the Torrejon de Ardoz base on Tuesday during take-off.

No one else was in the plane at the time.

File photo of Spanish F18 at Aviation Ireland Weekand at Bray Air Display. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

The ministry said it had no details on the cause of the incident, which took place shortly after 11pm local time.

Television images showed a massive cloud of smoke rising from the base area.


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