Spanish aerobatics champion killed in stunt

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A Spanish aerobatics pilot was killed Tuesday when his plane slammed into the ground as was performing stunt, said a spokesman for the airfield in Spain where the accident occurred.

Alejandro "Alex" Maclean, who was 41, for several years had been a competitor in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Series, considered the "Formula One" of aerobatics.

He was also a two-time Spanish aerobatics champion.

His plane slammed into the ground as he was performing a stunt during a training exercise at the airfield at Casarrubios del Monte, in the central province of Toledo near Madrid, killing him instantly, the spokesman for the airfield told AFP.

Spanish aviation authorities are to investigate the crash.

© 2010 AFP

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