Eurofighter pilot killed during air show crash in Italy

A Eurofighter jet performing in an air show on the coast at Terracina, south of Rome, crashes in the sea, killing the pilot, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. 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. (Manolo Benassi via AP)

A Eurofighter jet performing in an air show on the coast at Terracina, south of Rome, crashes in the sea, killing the pilot, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. 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. (Manolo Benassi via AP)

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.

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.