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Tornado fighter jets collide and ‘burst into flames’ in Italy


Italy: Two Italian Tornado jets are said to have collided over eastern Italy during training session and crashed down into a wooded area after catching fire.
A Civil Protection official, Susanna Balducci, told Sky TG24 TV that no civilian casualties were reported on the ground after the crash.
The unfortunate incident was near the town of Ascoli in the Marche region. Meanwhile, no reports were received about the fate of those aboard the aircraft.
According to eyewitnesses, the two jets were busted into flames before crashing down.
Local reports suggested that the pilots might have ejected from the jets. But this has yet to be confirmed.
A search and rescue team of firefighters have reportedly found an orange parachute in a village close to the crash site.
As per ANSA reports two pilots and two co-pilots are found missing after the crash, whose names are not yet released.
Ms Balducci said that a firefighting helicopter was trying to blow out the flaming.
The flames as well as dark smoke could be seen for miles. No-one in the immediate area has needed to be evacuated.
Defence Ministry officials said that they are awaiting for an official report from a reliable source at the crash site before making any statement.


Video on the bursting of Tornado fighter jets