Two Italian military pilots were killed Tuesday when their planes collided in midair during a training exercise near Rome, Italy’s air force said.
The Siai Marchetti 208 airplanes from the Aeronautica Militare’s 60th Wing touched each other in flight. One of them lost a wing and both crashed, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported Tuesday.
One of the planes landed on a street, crashing into a car in what appeared to be a residential area, La Repubblica reported. It was unclear where the other plane went down.
It wasn’t stated what time the crash occurred, but the Italian air force announced the pilots’ deaths on Twitter at about 1 p.m. The collision happened about 15 miles northeast of Rome in the town of Guidonia, the Italian air force said.
The pilots were identified as Lt. Col. Giuseppe Cipriano and Maj. Marco Meneghello, both of the 60th Wing of Guidonia, according to la Repubblica.
The cause of the crash is undetermined, but no one else was injured or killed, according to the Italian air force.
The exercise also involved two other aircraft, which both landed safely, according to La Repubblica.
Several Italian politicians, including Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, offered sympathies on Twitter.
“The death of the two air force pilots who disappeared in the plane crash in Guidonia fills us with pain,” Meloni said on her official Twitter account. “On behalf of the government, I express deep condolences and closeness to the families, colleagues and the air force. Our prayers go out to them.”