A pilot survives a crash – level 3

24-05-2023 07:00

An F-18 fighter jet crashed during flight-demonstration training at an air-force base in Zaragoza, Spain.

The pilot from Spain’s 15th Wing successfully ejected seconds before the aircraft crashed within the military base’s perimeter, avoiding life-threatening injuries. The impact resulted in a large explosion that was captured on video.

The soldier was taken to a local hospital where he’s recovering from injuries sustained in the accident, the country’s air force said on their social media platforms. The crash didn’t cause any collateral damage, and investigations are underway to identify the cause of the accident.

There have been several accidents involving F-18 aircraft since 1988 in Spain. An engine failure caused another crash near Zaragoza, jets have collided mid-air, plummeted into the sea, and crashed into large birds. The most recent accident occurred in 2017 when a fighter jet crashed during takeoff from the Torrejon de Ardoz base in Madrid.

Difficult words: eject (to force something out of a place or come out of a machine suddenly), perimeter (the outer edge of an area), collateral (additional).

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