49 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|
|Engines:||4 Rolls-Royce Conway 508-12|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 108 / Occupants: 108|
|Total:||Fatalities: 115 / Occupants: 115|
|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|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy|
|Destination airport:||Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport (PMO/LICJ), Italy|
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”.