Italian Air Force test pilot killed in Eurofighter Typhoon crash during Terracina Airshow


By Dario Leone
Sep 25 2017
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The Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft crashed at sea killing its pilot

On Sep. 24, 2017 an Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI, Italian Air Force) Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft crashed at sea during the Terracina Airshow around 47 miles south of Rome killing its pilot.

As it can be seen in the horrifying video in this post, the crash occurred when Captain Gabriele Orlandi, a test pilot attached to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (RSV, the Italian Air Force 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 pilot also didn’t attempt to eject from the jet

It was the last performance of the Italian Eurofighter Typhoon for the season 2017. As reported by the cause of the accident is under investigation and still unknown. After the crash, the event was cancelled.

This is the second deadly crash of a Typhoon in little less than two weeks: a Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Typhoon combat aircraft involved in a mission against Houthi fighters over Yemen in fact crashed into a mountain in Al-Wade’a district on Sep. 13, 2017.

Photo credit: Ansa via Rainews

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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