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    Spain's F-18 Plane Crashes Near Madrid, Pilot Dies (VIDEO)

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    The accident resulting in the pilot's death occurred during takeoff maneuvers.

    An F-18 fighter plane crashed on the outskirts of Madrid on Tuesday, at the Torrejon military base, the Spanish Defense Ministry said.

    "There was an accident of an F-18 which was carrying out take-off maneuvers at the Torrejon de Ardoz airbase," the Spanish Defense Ministry confirmed to Sputnik on Tuesday.

    "The pilot of the airplane has died as a consequence of the accident, which happened during take-off," the Spanish Defense Ministry said.

    According to the Europa Press news agency, citing local witnesses, the crash occurred at 11 a.m. local time[09:00 GMT].

    Earlier in the day, the regional office of the Spanish Red Cross said in a tweet that a "column of smoke" was seen in the region, with emergency services present at the scene.

    The incident is the second time this week a military plane came down in Spain.

    The reason for the crash is being investigated.

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