Pilot dies after crash in Madrid air show

May 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM

MADRID, May 6 (UPI) -- An air show pilot was killed when his vintage aircraft plunged to the ground and burst into flames during an exhibition in Madrid, officials said.

Ladislao Tejedor Romero died Sunday after his 1950s-era jet aircraft, a Hispano HA-200 Saeta, plummeted to the ground, crashed into an airplane hangar at Madrid's Cuatro Vientos airfield and burst into flame before 3,000 spectators, The (Alicante) Leader newspaper reported Monday.

The pilot initially survived his injuries but was severely burned and died after he was hospitalized, police said, adding 18 other people suffered varying degrees of injury.

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