Military plane crash in Spain - casualties unclear

Spanish Eurofighter planes fly during the Spanish National Day military parade in Madrid

Spanish Eurofighter planes fly during the Spanish National Day military parade in Madrid

A Spanish military plane crashed on Thursday after taking part in a display in Madrid for Spain's national day, the defence ministry said.

Spain's defense ministry confirmed the Eurofighter went down in Albacete, southern Spain, on its return to base.

The Eurofighter plane crashed in Llanos de Albacete, a county some 300 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of the Spanish capital.

It was reportedly on its way back from participating in a military parade in Madrid to mark Hispanic Day.

The fate of the pilot and the cause of the crash were not immediately known and it was not clear if there were any other casualties.

Images, purportedly from the scene of the crash, showed a huge plume of black smoke rising from burning wreckage.