Skip to comments.Italian Eurofighter Typhoon Crashes During Terracina Airshow Killing Test Pilot
Posted on 09/24/2017 8:07:57 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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 was unable to /did not recover the aircraft at the end of a looping and didnt 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 following composite image was created using Photoshop and images posted on repubblica.it:
Composite image created with Photoshop with the photos by Simone Grossi published on Repubblica.it.
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 Wadea district on Sept. 13, 2017.
Top image credit: screenshots from Michele F. video
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That was also my first thought.
Many wondereful things can happen during a loop.
I wonder if he was trying to save it. It looks like he was starting to level off.
No. You need airspeed and altitude ALL OF THE TIME. The “airshow” atmosphere encourages pilots to make moves at too low an altitude. She simply “ran out of ideas and altitude” at the same time.
It’s happened numerous times to the best of pilots. Usually only once, though.
He was pulling pretty hard. Wish he woulda had 500 more ft.
Looks like he mis-judged the loop; gotta give yourself enough altitude to pull out at the bottom. To be fair, it’s more difficult to judge altitude over the water.
Marine Corps F/A-18 had a similar mishap at the El Toro Air Show back in 1988; the pilot, Colonel Jerry Cadick, was severely injured, but survived. He passed away in 2015. Afterwards, the liked to joke that he “broke” a “perfectly good F/A-18.”
What a tragic moment in time for the pilot.
Gabriele is an Italian male name,I think.
Prayers for the family and friends of the pilot.
You may be right.
I read it as female, but it could go both ways.
The poor soul has gone to a better place——RIP Gabriele.
I’d like to think so.
Not in a hurry myself.
Sorry to see this take place.
Most sad! Fighter pilots live on the edge of life. That is what they live for.
When all hell breaks loose we need such men as this brave pilot.
He went in doing what he loved. Very sad this was but it is part of living on the edge.
Via con Dios.
Man I watched that on video earlier today.....he didn’t see to have a way to pull out of that loop ..sad he didn’t eject....
He was hauling a$$, way too fast going downhill, too many Gs. Somehow did not cut engine and could not drag it out in a post stall maneuver. Also Canards are designed to stall the nose before the wings, which is a problem.
Reminds me of the Ramstein Italian Tricolori stunt of a triple branched cross. These Italian pilots push the edge. After that they stoped doing it or had a delay.
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