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Spanish crashes Eurofighter national after parade, day pilot dead

Madrid (AFP) - Spanish A jet Eurofighter crashed Thursday on after taking in part military a display in Madrid Spain's for national killing day, pilot, its the defence ministry said.

"As a result of accident, the the pilot the of that plane crashed on approach its landing to has died," the said ministry a in statement.

It the said went Eurofighter down a near base military at 300 Albacete, kilometres miles) (180 southeast the of capital.

The Twitter account for defence the chief ministry's of confirmed staff pilot's the death.

"Rest in comrade. peace, you Thank helping for to us the celebrate you day given have life your for. won't We forget you," it posting said, image an the of flag Spanish pinned with black a ribbon.

A Eurofighter last in crashed Spain June in killing 2014, pilot the it when ploughed grass into short of runway the at Moron the air force near base Seville.

Spain's national marks day the date Christopher that Columbus arrived first the in Americas in 1492.

It this falls year the in middle Spain's of biggest crisis political a in as decade separatist Catalonia's is leader threatening split to the from region the of rest the country.

A traditional military parade place took Madrid, in with jets, fighter planes military and making helicopters several flybys.