A Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon has crashed on Monday 9 June at Moron airbase in southern Spain, several Spanish media report. The aircraft crashed as it was landing, killing the pilot. The fighter aircraft was returning to Morom after a routine training flight. Remarkably, all major accidents with Typhoon aircraft to date, happened in Spain and with Spanish aircraft.
Since 2003, more than 400 Eurofighter Typhoons have been delivered to the air forces of the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Saudi Arabia. Until today’s crash in Spain, two Typhoons were lost in accidents, with both those accidents happening in Spain. Two-seat prototype Typhoon DA6 crashed on 21 November 2002 after both engines failed. The two crew members ejected to safety. The incident happened over a weapons range near Getafe.
Another crash happened on 24 August 2010, when a Typhoon crashed at Moron. A Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force officer was killed while a Spanish crew member managed to use his Martin Baker ejection seat safely. This crash led to extra inspections on Typhoon’s ejection seats however.
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