Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Historic Jet Plane Crashed and Exploded at Airshow in Madrid, Spain

        A historic jet plane crashed into a hangar and exploded in a fireball at an airshow southwest of Madrid in Spain on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Pilot was reportedly severely injured and later died in Getafe hospital. I’m surprised he was reported “severely injured” rather than fried on the spot. The fireball looks rather unsurvivable, unless he was able to eject at some point and that’s how he survived with mortal injuries.35 year old Ladislao Tejedor Romero was an experienced jet pilot and assistant to Defense Minister Pedro Morenes, a spokesman for Spain’s Defense Ministry said. Cause of the crash is not known. Other than the pilot, no one else was injured, although the pilot’s father who was at the airshow when his son crashed reportedly suffered from an anxiety attack and had to be transferred to hospital. Europa Press agency also reported that several rescue workers suffered from smoke inhalation or burns they sustained during the rescue operation.The airshow at Cuatro Vientos airfield was attended by about 3,000 people. The HA-200 Saeta jet was a built in the 1950s – one of the first jet-propelled planes to be manufactured in Spain, by Hispano Aviacion. It was initially an advanced jet trainer but was later given an attack capability.