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Red Bull Air Race pilot killed during stunt flight

  • Last Updated: August 17. 2010 8:14PM UAE / August 17. 2010 4:14PM GMT

Alejandro Maclean, pictured preparing for a flight on March 24, 2010 during the first training day for the Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race, has died following a crash during an exercise in Spain. Hamish Blair / Getty Images

MADRID // A Spanish aerobatics pilot was killed 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.

Mr Maclean competed five times in the Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race with a best place finish of fourth in 2006.

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 said.

Spanish aviation authorities are to investigate the crash.

* Agence France-Presse

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