A pilot has died today in a Eurofighter crash in Spain. The fighter crashed close to La Llanos air base and a public park at Albacete – approximately 200km southeast of Spain’s capital of Madrid.
Emergency services received a call shortly after 10am, notifying them of the crash on farmland around the Los Llanos base near the town of Albacete – according to the spokesman from Emergency Services.
A representative from Spain’s Ministry of Defense said the pilot didn’t have time to eject from the fighter jet as it was returning from a military parade to mark El Dia Nacional de España.
The spokesman said the fighter jet was among four that participated in the parade in Madrid.
At this time there are not thought to be any civilian casualties. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
Spanish politician Emiliano García-Page, of the Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and president of Castile-La Mancha (CLM), Tweeted: “They just communicated the sad news. “My regret and that of all CLM for the death of the pilot in Albacete serving Spain.”
Acaban de comunicar la triste noticia.Mi pesar y el de toda CLM por el fallecimiento del piloto en Albacete sirviendo a España #12deOctubre
— Emiliano García-Page (@garciapage) October 12, 2017
Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the pilot on what should have been a day of celebration.