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Pilot dead as F18 military plane crashes near Madrid

AFP  |  Madrid 

An F18 crashed on takeoff at a base near today, killing the -- the second time a plane has come down in in a week.

"The of the airplane has died as a consequence of the accident, which happened during take-off," the Spanish defence ministry said in a tweet following the crash near the Torrejon de Ardoz base, around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from

"Rescue teams are on their way to the scene of the accident," a ministry spokesman told AFP, adding that the cause of the crash was as yet unknown.

The accident came just days after the of a Eurofighter jet was killed Thursday on the approach to landing at a base at Albacete, 300 kilometres southeast of the capital.

The jet had been taking part in a display for Spain's national day.

Two other Eurofighter jets crashed in in 2010 and 2014, both times killing the

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First Published: Tue, October 17 2017. 15:57 IST