A tragic incident near Turin, Italy resulted in the death of a 5-year-old girl and severe burns for her sibling and parents. The incident occurred on Saturday when multiple Aermacchi MB-339 aircraft were flying in V-formations. One of the planes suddenly lost altitude and crashed, causing a massive explosion upon impact. In footage of the crash, the pilot can be seen ejecting just moments before the crash.
The aftermath of the crash showed debris scattered across a field and an overturned wrecked car by the side of the road. According to local media reports, a family of four, including the young girl who tragically lost her life, suffered severe burns. The condition of the pilot remains uncertain.
The incident took place shortly after takeoff from the Turin Caselle airport. The planes were en route to participate in an airshow in Vercelli, as part of the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Italian Air Force. However, following the crash, authorities canceled the show and launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.
The aerobatic team involved in the crash is known as the Frecce Tricolori, Italy’s premier aerial display team. Established by the Italian air force in 1961, the team often performs stunning shows during significant events. Unfortunately, the team has also experienced several accidents throughout its history.
One of the most tragic incidents involving the Frecce Tricolori occurred during an air show at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in 1988. Three aircraft collided mid-air, resulting in the deaths of three pilots and 67 spectators. Additionally, hundreds of people on the ground were injured when the planes crashed into a 300,000-strong crowd.
The news of this recent crash near Turin has shocked the aviation community and the general public. It serves as a reminder of the risks involved in aerobatic displays and the importance of stringent safety measures in place during such events.
As the investigation into the cause of the crash continues, thoughts and condolences go out to the family of the young girl who tragically lost her life. This heartbreaking incident emphasizes the need for constant vigilance and precautions to ensure the safety of everyone involved in air shows and aviation activities.
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