Spanish F-18 Fighter Jet Crashes, Pilot Ejects Safely
An F-18 fighter jet crashed at an airbase in Zaragoza, Spain, during a training exercise for a flying exhibition. The pilot ejected successfully and was taken to the hospital with injuries to his legs.
Videos posted on social media showed the plane in flames as it fell towards the ground.
“A Spanish Air Force F/A-18 has crashed in Zaragoza. The pilot successfully ejected.”
The Guardia Civil is collaborating with the military to investigate the crash. The pilot reported that the plane had apparently suffered a malfunction.
About the F-18
The American-made F-18 Hornet has been a part of the air defenses of the United States since the 1980s and has been purchased by the air forces of several allied countries. Spain’s air force acquired its first 72 models of F-18 in 1983, and the fighters entered service three years later. The Zaragoza base is home to a unit of Spain’s F-18s.
Despite the crash, the pilot was able to eject safely and is expected to recover from his injuries. The cause of the malfunction is still under investigation.
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