Fighter jet pilot dies in crash near Madrid

FOR the second time in a week, a Spanish pilot has died following a crash, this time of an F-18 aircraft.

According to the Spanish Ministry of Defence, the accident happened as the fighter plane was taking off from the Torrejon de Ardoz airbase in the outskirts of Madrid this morning (Tuesday).

It is understood the aircraft suffered a loss of engine power on take off and hardly left the ground.

The pilot, 26-year-old Lieutenant Fernando Perez Serrano, was unable to eject from the aircraft.

This is the second fighter jet accident in less than a week.

A Eurofighter that had taken part in national day fly past  in Madrid crashed while preparing to land at the Los Llanos base air base (Albacete) .

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