Italian Military Jet Crashes During Exercise, Killing 5-Year-Old Girl

By Reuters
September 16, 2023Europeshare
Italian Military Jet Crashes During Exercise, Killing 5-Year-Old Girl
Emergency personnel work on the scene where a jet of aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Air Force the "Frecce Tricolori" (Tricolor Arrows) crashed during an exercise in San Francesco al Campo, near Turin, Italy, on Sept. 16, 2023. (Massimo Pinca/Reuters)

TURIN—An Italian military jet crashed during an exercise in Turin, hitting a car in which an entire family was traveling and killing a five-year-old girl, Defense Minister Guido Crosetto said on Saturday.

Italian news agency AGI reported that the victim’s nine-year-old brother was seriously injured, while the two parents and the jet’s pilot were not in life-threatening danger.

“The ministry expresses its condolences to the family members,” Mr. Crosetto said in a statement, adding he “had made available every facility and skill for the handling of the emergency and in support of any people involved.”

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the pilot got out of the jet by jumping with a parachute. “A terrible tragedy. A prayer and a hug of heartfelt condolences,” he said.

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