An Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft crashed at sea during the Terracina Air Show around 75 kilometres south of Rome on Sunday killing its pilot.
The accident happened when the Demo Pilot Captain Orlandi assigned with the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) was completing a vertical loop during the performance at the show. The aircraft failed to resume altitude for what seems to be an engine power loss.
The event was attended by thousands of spectators and gasps from audible gasps from the crowd can be heard as the jet plunges into the sea.
Sadly the pilot, Capt. Gabriele Orlandi, failed to eject from the aircraft before the collision.
The 36-year-old airman’s body was discovered around one and-a-half hours following the deadly crash, local media reports.
It was the last performance of the Italian Eurofighter Typhoon for the season 2017. The cause of the accident is under investigation and still unknown. After the incident, the event was cancelled.
This is the second deadly crash of a Typhoon in little less than two weeks: Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Typhoon combat aircraft involved in a mission against Houthi fighters over Yemen crashed into a mountain in Al-Wade’a district on Sept. 13, 2017.