#MM7238) belonging to 5 Stormo at Cervia AB ditched into the Adriatic sea yesterday at 15.30h CET during a training mission.">

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Italian F-16 crashes into the Adriatic sea

February 11, 2010 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An Italian AMI F-16A ADF (#MM7238) belonging to 5 Stormo at Cervia AB ditched into the Adriatic sea yesterday at 15.30h CET during a training mission.

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AMI F-16A ADF #MM7238 from 23 gruppo crashed into the Adriatic Sea on February 11th.

The pilot, Maj. Luca Crovatti (37) from 23 gruppo "Veltro", successfully ejected and was rescued by a nearby fishing boat.

The mishap occurred in the Adriatic Sea, about 3 miles out of the coast between the cities Cervia and Ravenna.

The cause is still under investigation but it seems that just a few minutes after takeoff smoke filled the cabin and forced the pilot to head towards the open sea.




Additional images:

The Italian AF accepted the first F-16A (#MM7238) at the Ogden ALC on May 16th, 2003. This particular aircraft wears 37 Stormo markings. [USAF photo by Todd Cromar]