Cessna 650, Trigoria, Italy, Feb. 7, 2009–The Italian-registered Citation III was destroyed and the pilot and co-pilot were killed when it crashed about four minutes after takeoff from Rome’s Ciampino Airport. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the departure airport for the flight, which was destined for Bologna. The Italian Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau is investigating.
This past year independent Italian business aviation service companies made inroads against government-backed airport handling providers that have long blocked competitors in the battle for market access.
Independent FBO groups are at last challenging cozy ground handling monopolies in Italy. But the new market entrants have encountered resistance at every turn as authorities try to dodge European Union competition rules.