33 Years ago today: On 15 October 1987 an ATI ATR-42 lost control in icing conditions and crashed, killing all 37 occupants (1st fatal ATR-42 accident).
|Date:||Thursday 15 October 1987|
|Operator:||Aero Trasporti Italiani – ATI|
|C/n / msn:||046|
|First flight:||1987-04-24 (6 months)|
|Engines:||2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW120|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34|
|Total:||Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37|
|Aircraft fate:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Conca di Crezzo ( Italy)|
|Phase:||En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Milano-Linate Airport (LIN/LIML), Italy|
|Destination airport:||Köln/Bonn Airport (CGN/EDDK), Germany|
The aircraft took off from Milan-Linate (LIN) for a flight to Köln (CGN). Icing conditions existed. Fifteen minutes after takeoff, while climbing through FL147 in IAS hold mode (constant speed set at 133 kts) the aircraft rolled left and right. The plane rolled 41 degrees right, 100 degrees left, 105 degrees right and 135 degrees left. During pull up three anomalous pitch trim movements set the elevator to pitch down, preventing recovery. The ATR crashed nose down into a 700 m high mountain following an uncontrolled descent.