A military plane has crashed Thursday near the Llanos Air Base in Albacete south of Madrid and the pilot has died, according to the Spanish Ministry of Defense.
The First Minister of Castilla La Mancha, Emiliano García Page, confirmed on Twitter that the pilot had died "in Albacete, serving Spain".
Acaban de comunicar la triste noticia.Mi pesar y el de toda CLM por el fallecimiento del piloto en Albacete sirviendo a España #12deOctubre— Emiliano García-Page (@garciapage) October 12, 2017
Footage shared on Twitter shows black clouds of smoke emanating from the apparent crash site near a public park called La Pulgosa, Express reported.
The plane was participating in the military parade of ‘12th of October’ – Spain’s national day – in Madrid, reports Telecinco.
Local police in Albacete said they were working to secure the crash site and help other first responders. The MoD has opened an investigation.