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Two pilots killed in military plane crash near Rome

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Two pilots killed in military plane crash near Rome
Two Italian Air Force U-208 aircraft crashed during a training mission on Tuesday, killing both pilots. File Photo: Aeronautica Militare

Two Italian Air Force planes collided in mid-air on Tuesday, killing both pilots during training exercises northwest of Rome, officials said.

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The two pilots were on board U-208 training aircraft and were participating in a training mission according to a statement from Italy's air force, the Aeronautica Militare.

The cause of the collision was not immediately known.

Four aircraft were flying in formation when two of the planes collided, witnesses told local media.

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One of the aircraft crashed to the ground at the Guidonia air base and the other hit a car parked on a street in the Colfiorito area, Italian news agency Ansa reported.

"We are devastated to hear about the deaths of two Air Force pilots during a training accident near Guidonia," Meloni said.

The prime minister sent her condolences to the families of the pilots and to members of the Air Force.

The U-208 is a lightweight, single-engine aircraft that can carry up to four passengers, plus the pilot, and has a top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph).

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