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Thursday, 21 November, 2002, 15:14 GMT
Eurofighter crashes in Spain
File picture of Eurofighter
Eurofighter is said to be the most advanced fighter jet
A Eurofighter jet has crashed during a training exercise in Spain, about 110 kilometres (70 miles) from Madrid.

It is the first accident involving this type of plane, which is said to be one of the world's most advanced fighter jets. It has been developed by Germany, Britain, Spain and Italy.

The two pilots ejected from the plane and were unhurt, the Spanish Defence Ministry said in a statement.

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According to the ministry, the Eurofighter Typhoon DA6 was flying at an altitude of 15,000 metres (45,000 feet) when both engines stopped simultaneously.

The pilots - a Eurofighter training pilot and a member of the Spanish air force - tried to reignite the engines but failed.

It is understood that they managed to guide the plane away from populated areas before ejecting.

The Spanish Ministry of Defence said there were no casualties and no damage to property when the plane came down in the countryside near the village of Belvis de la Jara, in the province of Toledo.

Multi-purpose aircraft

The UK and Germany have been responsible for most of the construction of the Eurofighter.

BAE Systems, formerly British Aerospace, has built the nose, the cockpit, inboard flaps and rear tail with rudder. Rolls-Royce makes the engines.

The centre fuselage has been the responsibility of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) at assembly lines in Germany.

EADS sites in Spain have built the fighter's right wing and the leading edge of both wings.

Alenia of Italy makes the left wing and outboard flaps. The rear fuselage is built jointly in the UK and Italy.

The Eurofighter is designed as a highly agile multi-role aircraft, capable of ground-attack as well as its primary air defence role.

Its entry into service has been dogged by delays.

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