Italian Eurofighter Typhoon Crashes During Terracina Airshow Killing Test Pilot

An Italian Typhoon has crashed into the sea while performing its display during an airshow in Italy.

On Sunday Sept. 24, 2017, an Italian Air Force Eurofighter F-2000A Typhoon (most probably MM7278/RS-23) belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) has crashed into the sea at Terracina, 76 kilometres south of Rome.

Based on the several videos that have already emerged on social media, the pilot Capt. Gabriele Orlandi, for unknown reasons, was unable to /did not recover the aircraft at the end of a looping and didn’t attempt to eject from the jet.

Here below you can find a few clips that have been posted on Youtube so far. Many more are being uploaded on Twitter and Instagram as well:

The causes of the crash are under investigation, the Italian Air Force said in a press statement.

The Typhoon of the RSV most probably involved in the crash MM7278/RS-23 taking off from Grosseto during the Marina di Grosseto airshow rehearsals, on Jun. 24, 2017.

The following composite image was created using Photoshop and images posted on

Composite image created with Photoshop with the photos by Simone Grossi published on

This is the second deadly crash of a Typhoon in little less than two weeks: a RSAF Typhoon combat aircraft involved in a mission against Houthi fighters over Yemen crashed into a mountain in Al Wade’a district on Sept. 13, 2017.

Top image credit: screenshots from Michele F. video


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    • ….and russian, and ukrainian, and USA, and so… it happen whit this kind of Job…

      bad speculation on this event!

      Italian Pilots are serious professionals, prepared to the highest standards and with a high reputation worldwide.

      please keep the sarcasm out of this debate!

  1. Apparently, he was in low altitude for such maneuver, pity that he didn’t manage eject himself. R.I.P. for the pilot.

    • Who are u to say this….limit urself dude…That guy is not here to explain himself…Don’t be a judge here…

  2. to look good the footage it seems that the pilot has not finished the loop.
    At some point of diving, the plane points for a moment directly to the ground and then recalls.
    actually may have lost the horizon.

    • When he hit, he was still nose-down and you didn’t see a last-second attempt to pull harder. We may never know the actual cause.

  3. Is Leroy going to bash German/British aircraft for it’s crashes? Of course not, because he is a troll!

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