Spanish F-18 fighter crashes at Zaragoza Air Base
A Spanish fighter jet crashes in the country's northeast, with no deaths resulting from the affair.
The Spanish Air and Space Force said that an F-18 fighter jet crashed on Saturday at the Zaragoza Air Base in northern Spain and that the pilot was able to evacuate before the impact.
"This morning, there was an accident at the Zaragoza Air Base involving an F-18 … The pilot successfully ejected and the aircraft landed within the perimeter of the base," the military said on social media."The pilot of the crashed F-18 is already in the hospital and his life is not in danger," it added.
F-18 fighter jet crashed in Spain— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) May 20, 2023
During a demonstration flight, "some problems" occurred in the plane.
The pilot managed to eject, his life was not in danger, but he was taken to the hospital with leg injuries.
It is reported that none of the people nearby were injured. pic.twitter.com/lwpPo73sd4
According to Heraldo de Aragon, a local newspaper, the pilot was practicing maneuvers before an air show when he lost control of the aircraft.
🔴📹📹 Spain- A Spanish F-18 fighter jet crashed at a military base in Zaragoza.— Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) May 20, 2023
Via @savunmaisleri pic.twitter.com/YvlTGBZijb
The daily showed a video of the plane's nosedive and tarmac impact. Before the plane burst into a massive blaze, the pilot was able to make an emergency exit.
According to the newspaper, he suffered several injuries to his arms, legs, and hips.
The air force said he was already in hospital and his life was not in danger.