Ramin Parsa, one of the passengers from Los Angeles, described the terrifying sequence of events and also shot a video of the plane taking off and then crashing. All 97 passengers onboard escaped unhurt.
It is reported that despite concerns of the pilot and co-pilot, UY Aviation conducted the first post-maintenance test flight of the aircraft, alleged families of the deceased pilots. The company's chief of operations, Anil Chauhan, stated that the company would co-operate in the investigation.
"The pilot of the airplane has died as a consequence of the accident, which happened during take-off," the Spanish defence ministry said in a tweet following the crash near the Torrejon de Ardoz base, around 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Madrid.