Narrative:The plane was taking home the Turin soccer team after a match in Lisbon. The Fiat plane took off at 09:52 and made a refueling stop at Barcelona at 13:15. Weather in the Turin area was bad; visibility at the airport was 1200 m with a cloud base at 400 m. In the area of the 675 m high Superga Hill, visibility was just 40 m. The crew reported over Savona at 2000 m. They were then forced to descend to be able to fly visually. While descending for Turin the aircraft crashed into a church on top of Superga Hill.
|Date:||Wednesday 4 May 1949|
|Operator:||Avio Linee Italiane - ALI|
|C/n / msn:|| 05|
|First flight:|| 1947|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27|
|Total:||Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||12 km (7.5 mls) E of Torino-Aeritalia Airport ( Italy)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN/LEBL), Spain|
|Destination airport:||Torino-Aeritalia Airport (LIMA), Italy|
Eighteen players, 3 executives, 2 trainers, 3 journalists and an interpreter died in the crash. The causes were bad weather with low clouds, poor radio aids and an error in navigation.
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Distance from Barcelona-El Prat Airport to Torino-Aeritalia Airport as the crow flies is 610 km (382 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.