Smoke and flame after Frece Triclori jet crashes on takeoff

Girl dies as Frecce Tricolori crashes on takeoff

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A five-year-old girl is dead, and her brother and parents are injured after a jet from the Italian Air Force’s display team Frecce Tricolori crashes on takeoff.

According to initial reports, the jet crashed at the bottom of a runway and the resulting blast involved a car.

The girl’s nine-year-old brother was taken to Turin’s Regina Margherita children’s hospital with burns. Her mother and father were also admitted to two other hospitals with burns.

The pilot is alive after ejecting, sources said. He too was taken to hospital to be treated for burns, according to the sources.

The Frecce Tricolori were due to take part in a display on Sunday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Italian Air Force. The event has been cancelled.

Military sources said the jet may have been hit by a bird strike during takeoff.

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