Spanish F-18 fighter crashes at air force base
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Spanish F-18 fighter crashes at air force base

An F-18 multi-use fighter, belonging to the Spanish Air Force, crashed on Saturday at the air force base on the outskirts of Zaragoza city, northeast Spain.

The crash caused injury to the pilot’s legs.

The accident happened at around 12.10 p.m. local time (1010 GMT), while the pilot was practising manoeuvres ahead of a forthcoming airshow at the base.

The pilot “has ejected successfully and the plane fell within the perimeter of the base,” the Spanish Air Force confirmed.

It added that the pilot “is already in the hospital and his life is not in danger”.

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The aircraft exploded on impact and the causes of the accident are being investigated.

This is not the first accident involving an F-18 in Spain.

There have been several reported accidents with the aircraft since Spain began to use the F-18 in 1986.

The most recent accident happened in 2017 when an F-18 crashed on take-off from Torrejon de Ardoz base, killing the pilot. (Xinhua)


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