RAF Wittering man dies in Italy road traffic accident

A 23-year-old man from an RAF base in Cambridgeshire has died in a traffic accident in southern Italy, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) colonel has confirmed.

Colonel Nick Orr said the family of the man, who was based at RAF Wittering near Peterborough, had been informed.

An investigation into the accident has been opened by Abruzzo regional police.

The RAF said it extended its "deepest sympathy to the family and friends" of the man, whose name has not been released.

Libya operation

Colonel Orr, from the MoD's Permanent Joint Headquarters, said the airman, from No 2 (Mechanical Transport) Squadron, was driving the lead vehicle in a supply convoy when it left the road.

"The convoy was taking supplies to UK forces in support of Operation Ellamy in Libya," he said.

"It is with deep regret that I must announce the death of an RAF serviceman in southern Italy.

"The airman was driving the lead vehicle in the convoy when, for reasons that have yet to be established, his vehicle left the carriageway.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this terribly difficult time."

The Ministry of Defence said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

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