Accident description
Last updated: 3 September 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 15 February 1947
Time:ca 08:40
Type:Savoia-Marchetti SM-95
Operator:Corrieri Aerei Militari
Registration: I-ABQH
C/n / msn: 41003
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Terracina (   Italy) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Guidonia AB (LIRG), Italy
Destination airport:Cairo (unknown airport), Egypt
Narrative:
The aircraft took off from Rome in the morning bound for Cairo, disappeared few minutes later in clear and calm weather, a few miles off Terracina.
The cause of this accident remained unknown. Among the passengers however were an Egyptian Princess and her court, so it was thought the plane could have been sabotaged . However the wreckage, lost in deep water, was not recovered. Technical or structural failures are also explanations consistent with the accident circumstances.
Newspaper reports say a fisherman saw the airplane come down with one or more engines on fire.


Sources:
» Air Britain Casualty compendium (pt. 48)
» Marco Riva
» L'UnitÓ 16-2-1947


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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