On Thursday October 12th 2017, a Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force) Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon fighter jet has crashed near Los Llanos Airbase at Albacete Airport, located about 200 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of Madrid in Spain. The jet was approaching Los Llanos for recovery after taking part in a National Parade Day flyover at Madrid as one of a flight of four aircraft. The pilot, whose name has not yet been released, was unable to eject before the aircraft impacted in a farmer’s field at about 1000 local time near the air base. The cause of the mishap is under investigation. Avgeekery will update this story as events warrant.
Less than three weeks ago another EF2000 mishap took place in Italy. Los Llanos Airbase at Albacete Airport is the home base of the Ejército del Aire’s Eurofighter Typhoon C.16 jets from Ala (squadron) 14. The base also hosts the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Tactical Leadership Program. Spain has been flying a single squadron of the C.16 version of the EF2000 Typhoon fighter-bombers since October of 2003. Their Typhoons regularly participate in Exercises like Red Flag, hosted by the United States Air Force (USAF) at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) near Las Vegas.