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Eurofighter Jet Crashes At Spain Military Base
A Spanish air force Eurofighter jet has crashed at a military base near Seville, killing the pilot.
The air force captain, 30-year-old Fernando Lluna Carrascosa, was the only person on board when the plane smashed into the runway as it returned to the base around 2pm (1pm UK time).
"A Eurofighter has crashed on landing on the runway of the Moron base," confirmed a defence ministry spokeswoman.
Mr Carrascosa, who was married with a young daughter, had more than 600 hours' experience flying Eurofighter jets, the statement added.
Europa Press reported that the plane was taking part in a routine training exercise but the cause of the accident is still unclear.
The Moron de la Frontera Air Base is used by the Spanish and US air forces.
The Eurofighter is built by British defence group BAE Systems, European aerospace group Airbus and Italian defence contractor Finmeccanica.
This consortium faces fierce competition from fighter-jet makers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Dassault Aviation.
Airbus said last month the consortium will stop making the Eurofighter in 2018 if it does not win new export contracts for the jet.
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Malaysia are all in talks about buying the jet, the company added.
Spain agreed to buy 87 Eurofighters just over a decade ago, and has an option to buy 16 more between 2003 and 2018.