The newspaper added that the pilot was able to raise the alarm signal before falling.
Search teams are currently looking for the missing jet, which they believe could have crashed in the Adriatic.
More top news
Susannah Mushatt Jones from New York is known as Tee, short for auntie, to her 100 nieces and nephews.
The tweet said: "Our lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title - heroes."
The BBC has agreed to pay for TV licences for viewers over the age of 75, the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has confirmed.