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On Camera, Fireball After F-18 Jet Rapidly Nose Dives, Crashes In Spain

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The fighter aircraft was training for a flying exhibition when the incident took place.

An F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft was up in flames after crashing at the Zaragoza air base in Spain, approximately 300 Km from the country’s capital Madrid.

In a video which is now viral on Twitter, the US-made F-18 Hornet fighter jet rapidly loses altitude and is seen nose-diving towards the ground before exploding at the perimeter of the air base.

The pilot ejected from the fighter jet was taken to a hospital, and his life is not in danger, Spain’s defence ministry said in a tweet.

The Zaragoza air base, which lies about 16 kilometres outside the city, belongs to the Spanish Air and Space Force, Associated Press reported.

The fighter aircraft was training for a flying exhibition when the incident took place, Spain’s public news agency EFE reported.

The McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet that crashed, belongs to Ala 15, an operational unit in the Spanish Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ARCOM). The F-18 Hornet entered into service in Spain in 1986.

Manufactured by Boeing, the F/A-18 McDonnell Douglas was the first aircraft to have carbon fibre wings and the first tactical jet fighter to use digital fly-by-wire flight controls. Variants included a two-seater, an improved fighter, a reconnaissance aircraft and a night-attack fighter.