Italian pilot killed in two-plane collision at Tortoreto air show

Two light aircrafts collide over beach as tourists watch helplessly

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A pilot has died after two planes collided at a local air show, close to the beach at Tortoreto, on the east coast of Italy.

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The two light aircrafts were taking part in the air show when they suddenly crashed into each other, and plunged towards the ocean.

One plane immediately crashed into the water. The pilot, Marco Ricci, 47, suffered multiple fractures and died from drowning. His body was recovered by divers who used an air balloon to resurface the plane.

The other plane was able to level out and crash land further along the beach. The pilot is reported as Luigi Wilmo Franceschetti, who managed to escape with minor injuries.


This tweet shows Marco Ricci highlighted as the red circle and Luigi Franceschetti as yellow circle. Both pilots were members of the QBR, “Goodfellas” amateur sports team.