An Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft crashed into the sea during an airshow demonstration in south of Rome on Sunday, killing the pilot.
Horrifying footage uploaded to social media shows the aircraft completed a loop but then failed to get enough lift as it approached sea level. It slammed into the water just a few hundred meters offshore, sending up a huge plume of smoke and spray upon impact.
The air force said the body of the pilot, identified as Capt. Gabriele Orlandi, was recovered soon thereafter. An investigation is on the way.
This is the second deadly crash of a Typhoon in little less than two weeks. On September 13, RSAF Typhoon combat aircraft involved in a mission against Houthi fighters over Yemen crashed into a mountain in Al Wade’a district due to technical failure.