In the late morning of today, two U-208 aircraft of the 60th wing of Guidonia, flying as part of a pre-planned training mission, would have collided, for causes not known at the moment, crashing to the ground in an area near the Guidonia military airport. The two pilots unfortunately died in the impact.
Rescue teams rushed to the scene immediately.
There would be no other people involved.
(UPDATE 15.00 pm)
Following the accident that occurred in the late morning, Lieutenant Colonel Cipriano Giuseppe and Major Meneghello Marco, both serving in the 60th wing of the Air Force, based in Guidonia (RM), lost their lives.
The news was communicated to the families of the two officers, to whom the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General of the Air Force Luca Goretti, on behalf of the entire Armed Forces, expressed his deepest sympathy and condolences.
The collision between the two aircraft took place a few kilometers from the Guidonia military airport, as part of a pre-planned training mission. Rescue teams and teams of Air Force specialists immediately intervened on the spot, together with firefighters and law enforcement agencies, who are continuing to operate to secure and circumscribe the impact areas.
The dynamics of the accident are under investigation. The Armed Forces will start a flight safety investigation into the incident in the next few hours.
Lieutenant Colonel Giuseppe Cipriano, born in Taranto on February 5, 1975, entered the Air Force in 1996 with the 117th course reserve cadet pilot officer. At the 60th wing of Guidonia he was a flight instructor pilot on the following aircraft: U208A, Glider G103, MB339-CD. He had 6000 flight hours to his credit, also carried out in operations outside the national borders.
Major Marco Meneghello, born in Legnago (VR) on 18 August 1977, entered the Air Force in 1999 with the 119th course reserve cadet pilot officer. At the 60th wing of Guidonia he was a flight instructor pilot on the aircraft: U208A, Glider G103. He had 2600 flight hours to his credit, also carried out in operations outside the national borders.