48 Years ago today: On 5 May 1972 an Alitalia Douglas DC-8-43 crashed into Mount Lunga, killing all 115 occupants.

Date: Friday 5 May 1972
Time: 22:24
Type: Douglas DC-8-43
Operator: Alitalia
Registration: I-DIWB
C/n / msn: 45625/144
First flight: 1961
Engines: Rolls-Royce Conway 508-12
Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers: Fatalities: 108 / Occupants: 108
Total: Fatalities: 115 / Occupants: 115
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: 5 km (3.1 mls) SW of Palermo (   Italy)
Crash site elevation: 610 m (2001 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport: Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport (PMO/LICJ), Italy
Flightnumber: AZ112

Crashed into Mount Longa at an altitude of 2000 feet (300 feet below the top) while on a night-time approach to Palermo. Weather at the time of the accident included broken cloud layer of 3/8 cumulus at 1500 feet and a visibility of 3 miles. The crew did not adhere to the established approach procedures.
The aircraft was named “Antonio Pigafetta”.