Eurofighter pilot killed during air show crash in Italy

Thousands of people on the coast at Terracina south of Rome watched in horror Sunday as a Eurofighter jet performing in an air show crashed in the sea — killing the pilot.

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Italy’s air force said the jet 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.

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The air force said the body of the pilot — identified as Capt. Gabriele Orlandi — was recovered soon thereafter.

An investigation was opened into the cause.

The rest of the Terracina Air Show — which was to have featured Italy’s famed Frecce Tricolore squad — was canceled.

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