Typhoon crashes in Spain, Saudi pilot dead

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    Saudi pilot killed Eurofighter crash in Spain: ministry


    A pilot from Saudi Arabia undergoing training was killed Tuesday when his Eurofighter crashed at the Moron air base in southern Spain, but his Spanish instructor ejected safely, a Defense Ministry spokesman told Efe.

    The plane was being flown by the Spanish officer, who was not injured in the ejection.

    The accident occurred at the start of a training flight in the twin-seat warplane, which was carrying a Spanish air force flight instructor and a Saudi air force lieutenant colonel, the Defense Ministry spokesman said.

    The plane began spiraling to earth for unknown reasons within seconds of taking off, the spokesman said.

    The Spanish pilot, who needed only minor treatment at the base clinic, managed to eject before the warplane crashed, but the Saudi officer was unable to get out of the aircraft.

    A team from the military aircraft crash investigations agency went to the Moron air base and is handling the inquiry into the accident.

    The Saudi pilot was at the base under a bilateral training program designed to teach military aviators from the Arab country to fly the Eurofigther.

    The Eurofighter, which is built by a European consortium formed by Spain, Italy, Germany and Britain, is a modern fighter and ground attack plane called the C-16 Typhoon by the Spanish air force.

    The warplane entered service in Spain in October 2004.

    The Spanish air force units that fly the plane are assigned to several squadrons of Wing 11 at the air base in Moron de la Frontera, located in Seville province.

    The C-16 Typhoon, which is 15.97 meters (52 feet) long, has a maximum ceiling of 19,812 meters (65,000 feet) and a range of 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles), with a top speed of Mach 2. EFE

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