- Italian Air Force plane was taking part in an air show yesterday
- The jet crashed after entering the final phase of the flight schedule
- Search and rescue mission was launched, pilot's body was recovered
The Eurofighter jet was flying over the sea before Terracina, a town lying some 110 km south of the Italian capital, when it suddenly plunged into the sea, Xinhua reported.
A search and rescue mission was launched immediately after the incident, and the body of the pilot was recovered, the Air Force said in a statement.
Thousands of people had gathered in the afternoon to watch the air show, which should have also involved the "Frecce Tricolore" -- a famous aerobatic demonstration team of the Air Force.
Several amateur videos were shot by spectators, and spread on social media, showing the plane performing a dive in the air before collapsing into the waters.
The causes of the incident were still unclear, and an investigation was launched into it.
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