A McDonnell Douglas EF-18M Hornet fighter of the 15th Wing of the Spanish Air Force crashed today, resulting in the destruction of the plane.
The accident, which took place at 12:10 UTC+2 during an exhibition at the Zaragoza Air Base, has been recorded, and in the video you can see the moment in which the plane plummets and explodes upon impact with the ground:
🚨 Este es el momento del accidente del #F18 en Zaragoza, por suerte se puede ver como el paracaídas está desplegado. En estos momentos sólo esperamos recibir una buena noticia acerca del estado de salud del piloto.
📸 Desconocido pic.twitter.com/OMyJ7mvayo
— On The Wings of Aviation (@OnAviation) May 20, 2023
Here is another video of the accident recently published by Aviación Digital:
Nos llegan nuevas imágenes del accidente. Fuente: desconocida pic.twitter.com/voN1MfM0F7
— Aviación Digital (@aviaciondigital) May 20, 2023
At 13:11 UTC+2, the Spanish Air Force reported: "The pilot ejected successfully and the plane fell within the perimeter of the base."
Esta mañana ha habido un accidente en la Base Aérea de Zaragoza de un F18 del Ala 15.
El piloto se ha eyectado satisfactoriamente y el avión ha caído dentro del perímetro de la base.
Les seguiremos informando. pic.twitter.com/F4aAP7ro7s
— Ejército del Aire y del Espacio (@EjercitoAire) May 20, 2023
In a second message posted at 1:20 p.m., the Spanish Air Force has noted: "The pilot of the crashed F18 is already in the hospital and his life is not in danger."
According to information shared by Air Traffic Controllers, the pilot is a Captain with more than 1,000 flight hours. The pilot would have suffered various injuries of varying degrees to his legs.
+ UPDATED 14:56h: The newspaper Heraldo de Aragón points out: "The plane has fallen at the head of runway 3/0 R and some remains of it have scattered outside the military compound". That same newspaper publishes a photo gallery showing the wreckage of the plane. A witness to the accident has posted on Twitter a photo showing some plane wreckage along a nearby road:
Acabo de ver estrellarse un F-18 en la base aérea de Zaragoza, junto a la carretera.
Se ha visto saltar el piloto. La Guardia Civil estaba haciendo un control cerca y ya estaba allí. @heraldoes pic.twitter.com/svP7kSryWq
— Carlos S. LIDOY (@cajsasl) May 20, 2023
Photo: Ejército del Aire.
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