Spanish Air Force F-18 crashes near Torrejón Air Base

Just over an hour ago, a Spanish Air Force McDonnell Douglas EF-18AM Hornet of Ala 12 crashed near to Torrejón Air Base, just outside of Madrid. Unfortunately, the pilot has died. Reportedly, the crash occurred as the aircraft was making a takeoff manoeuvre

The tragic accident comes 5 days after a Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon crashed at Albacete Air Base, also killing the pilot, Captain Borja Aybar of Ala 14.

Torrejon Air Base released a short statement on Twitter: May the Virgin of Loreto accompany you to Heaven.

I will add more to this thread as new information is released, at the moment there is not much to go on.

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Now that makes you wonder… Are there aircraft in bad shape???


Thanks for this! :)

Analysts of the Eurofighter crash say it was likely caused by a technical fault. Maybe there is some negligence of aircraft maintenance going on…

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I was just controlling at LEMD… this is so sad.

They have just named the pilot. 26-year-old Lieutenant Fernando Pérez Serrano.

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