Two military planes crash in mid-air and plummet in flames below

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Shocking video has shown the aftermath of a mid-air crash that claimed the lives of two pilots in Italy.

Four military aircraft had reportedly been taking part in a ‘pre-planned training mission’ before two planes collided.

The pilots involved died instantly.

One plane landed in a field while the other plummeted onto a car in a residential area near Rome.

Video of the wreckage, between Longarina and via delle Margherite, shows flames spreading through the street.

The crash took place at 11.50am and is being investigated.

RomaToday reports the planes were both U-208 military aircraft who were carrying out ‘manoeuvres in the sky above the suburbs of Rome.’

A resident, Simone, told the publication: ‘I saw them crash before my eyes.

‘There were four planes. One lost its wing behind and started spinning on itself until it crashed and caught fire. It seemed they were doing formation tests.

‘It was over my head and I heard the engine stalling after a bang.’

Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s newly elected Prime Minister who came to power in October, paid tribute to the pilots who lost their lives in the tragedy.

She said in a statement: ‘The news of the death of the two air force pilots in the plane crash in Guidonia fills us with sadness. 

‘On behalf of the Government, I express my deepest condolences and my closeness to the families, colleagues of the 60th Wing and the entire Air Force corps. Our prayers go out to them.’

Hundreds of firefighters and military personnel rushed to the scene of both planes.

Rescue teams have been pictured assessing the damage.

The U-208 ultralight aircraft can carry up to four passengers, plus the pilot, and have a top speed of up to 177 mph.

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