world of aviation logo

Pilot found dead after M-346 jet crash

written by Isabella Richards | March 17, 2022

Global defence and aerospace company Leonardo is investigating the cause of a fatal accident involving a M-346 Master jet.

Leonardo has confirmed the death of one of two pilots operating an Aermacchi M-346 Master, which crashed on the morning of Wednesday, 16 March.

A Leonardo test pilot and an external pilot instructor evacuated the aircraft, parachuting out in the area above Monte Legnone, near Lecco in Northern Italy.

A rescue team reported the death after arriving at the scene.

“Leonardo expresses its most heartfelt condolences,” the company noted in a statement.

The aircraft left Leonardo’s Venegono Superiore site at 11:00am local time after conducting checks.


According to the company, the technical checks performed were in full compliance with the inspection plan authorised by the relevant aviation authorities.

The flight aimed at demonstrating specific aircraft capabilities, which had reportedly been tested during previous flights.

Leonardo lost contact with the aircraft at approximately 11:35am, before rescue teams identified the aircraft wreckage was near Colico (Monte Legnone), between Como and Lecco in Northern Italy

The company has now launched an active internal investigation into the cause of the accident, stressing that any theory on the possible causes is “premature”.

This article is courtesy of Defence Connect.


  • chris


    These things can happen in the development phase of any new type of a/c.

    • Peter Hannah


      @Chris – True – but both experienced test pilots had evacuated the aircraft prior to it crashing.

      So why did the one pilot survive and the other not?

Comments are closed.


Each day, our subscribers are more informed with the right information.

SIGN UP to the Australian Aviation magazine for high-quality news and features for just $99.95 per year