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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.