posted on May, 13 2013 @ 12:23 PM
Alenia Aermacchi lost the second of three pre-production prototype M346 trainers over the weekend. The first prototype crashed in 2011 after a
performance at a Dubai airshow. Both pilots ejected safely.
The second aircraft developed a "technical problem" 20 minutes after takeoff over the weekend. It departed from Turin-Caselle airport before
crashing. The lone pilot ejected safely.
Alenia Aermacchi has lost its second of three pre-production prototypes of the M346 transonic trainer in a crash over the weekend.
The lone pilot ejected safely and no one on the ground was hurt.
Company officials declined to answer questions, but said in a statement that the cause is a “technical problem” that occurred about 20 min. after
takeoff from Turin-Caselle airport.
The crash site is in Val Bormida, between the provinces of Cuneo and Savona, company officials say.
Alenia officials have established a technical commission to investigate the incident.