VIDEO: The moment vintage jet smashes into the ground at Madrid airshow
This is the dramatic moment when a vintage jet being flown at an airshow in Madrid, Spain, smashed into a hangar on the ground, bursting into flames and killing the pilot.
The pilot, Ladislao Tejedor Romero, 35, an experienced jet flier, was pulled alive, but severely injured from the wreckage and rushed to a local hospital, where he later died. He was an assistant to Spain’s Defense Minister, Pedro Morenes.
Romero was flying a 60-year-old HA-200 Saeta plane at the Cuatro Ventos airshow which was attended by 3,000 spectators.
No one was hurt on the ground.
It is not obvious from the video of the crash that the plane suffered a mechanical fault, although a full inquiry has been launched.
The footage shows the jet going into a dive from a steep climb, and it appears that the pilot misjudged his height as he tried to pull up into a low pass. Tragically, the jet slammed into the hangar, and exploded.