October 12, 2017 / 11:06 AM / 9 days ago

Eurofighter jet crashes in Spain, killing pilot

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

Smoke billows from the wreckage of a Eurofighter combat jet after it crashed near a military base in Albacete, in southeastern Spain, October 12, 2017 in this still images obtained from social media video. SILVIA AND JUANMI MONJE DE ALBACETE/ via REUTERS

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.

Reporting by Jesus Aguado and Rodrigo de Miguel; Writing by Isla Binnie; Editing by Gareth Jones

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