Fighter jet commemorating Spain's National Day crashes, pilot killed

The jet had been taking part in a military parade to commemorate Spain's national holiday and crashed on its return.
The jet had been taking part in a military parade to commemorate Spain's national holiday and crashed on its return.PHOTO: REUTERS/SILVIA AND JUANMI MONJE DE ALBACETE

MADRID (REUTERS) - A Eurofighter combat jet plane crashed near a military base in southeastern Spain on Thursday (Oct 12), killing its pilot, an emergency services spokesman said.

Local emergency services received a call at 1009 GMT informing them that the plane had crashed on farmland around the Los Llanos base near the town of Albacete, the spokesman said.

The jet had been taking part in a military parade to commemorate Spain's national holiday and crashed on its return, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.

The causes of the accident were being investigated, the ministry added in a note.