Pilot killed in two plane collision ahead of Italy airshow

Pilot killed in two plane collision ahead of Italy airshow

An autopsy was ordered on Monday (June 1) for the pilot of a small aircraft who died after his plane collided in mid-air with another during an exhibition over the Adriatic Sea coast of Abruzzo on Sunday (May 31).

The pilots, members of the QBR, "Goodfellas", an amateur sports team, were performing stunts in their two-seater propeller planes.

The deceased pilot, named by Italian media as Marco Ricci, a 47 year old from Siena, died after he tried to execute a flight manoeuvre called the 'mirror flight', but collided with the other plane.

Wreckage from the planes dropped into the sea as families on the beach looked on.

His aerobatics team-mate, named as Luigi Wilmo Franceschetti, 43, by Italian media was reportedly not hurt in the collision which occurred just ahead of Frecce Tricolori airshow.

The airshow scheduled later for Sunday was cancelled.

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