Pilot killed, 18 Injured in plane crash at Madrid Air Show

A pilot was killed after his plane crashed into a hangar injuring 18 people at an air show in Madrid on Sunday, Spain’s EFE news agency reported.

Medical assistance was rendered to three policemen, five staff workers and ten out of some 3,000 spectators, who gathered on Sunday at the Cuatro Vientos airfield to watch a showcase of aerial acrobatics and vintage aircraft. reported citing a spokesman for Spain’s Defense Ministry that the killed pilot was identified as Ladislao Tejedor Romero, 35, an experienced jet pilot and assistant to Defense Minister Pedro Morenes.

The plane that crashed was an HA-200 Saeta, which was built in the 1950s as an advanced jet trainer by Hispano Aviacion.

Investigators are currently working to establish the cause of the crash, while the Cuatro Vientos airfield, located some eight kilometers (five miles) outside of Madrid, was temporarily closed.

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