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
Time:22:24
Type:Douglas DC-8-43
Operator:Alitalia
Registration:I-DIWB
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

Narrative:
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”.