Accident description
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 4 May 1949
Time:ca 17:05
Type:Fiat G.212CP
Operator:Avio Linee Italiane - ALI
Registration: I-ELCE
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) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Barcelona Airport (BCN/LEBL), Spain
Destination airport:Torino-Aeritalia Airport (LIMA), Italy
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 1200m with a cloud base at 400m. In the area of the 675m high Superga Hill, visibility was just 40m. The crew reported over Savona at 2000m. 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.
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.


Sources:
» 1945-1960 I trasporti aerei in Italia dalla guerra all'era del getto / Paolo Gianvanni
» Leonardo Ferrero
» Renzo Rocconi


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Barcelona 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 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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