Spanish pilot killed in Eurofighter crash

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The pilot of a Spanish air force Eurofighter was killed when his combat aircraft crashed at Morón air base near Seville on 9 June.

Spain’s defence ministry named the deceased pilot as 30 year-old Capt Fernando Lluna Carrascosa, who it said had accumulated more than 600 flight hours’ experience on the Eurofighter. The cause of the accident – which happened as the aircraft was approaching the base to land – has not yet been determined, it says.

The destroyed aircraft was assigned to the 11th Wing at the base, which is home to the air force’s 111 and 113 squadrons. The service had an active fleet of 35 single-seat Eurofighters and 11 two-seat trainers prior to the mishap, as recorded by Flightglobal’s MiliCAS database.

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The loss represents the second fatal accident to have occurred at or near the Morón base with a Eurofighter, after a Royal Saudi Air Force pilot was killed in a crash while training there in August 2010. These are the only deaths involving the type in around 240,000 flight hours amassed by 406 aircraft delivered to six air forces.