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Pilots killed after two Italian air force planes collide during exercise



Two Italian air force pilots have been killed during an exercise when the light aircraft they were flying collided mid-air and crashed to the ground.

The two U-208 aircraft crashed near the Guidonia military airport, about 25km north-east of Rome.

No injuries on the ground were reported.

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One of the planes crashed into a car on a narrow residential street lined with apartment buildings; the other landed in a field.

Premier Giorgia Meloni expressed her condolences to the pilots' families and colleagues.

"The news of the death of two Air Force pilots in a plane crash in Guidonia, near Rome, saddens us," she said in a statement.

The two planes were participating in a training mission, the Italian Air Force said in a statement.

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