Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 26 February 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7C
Operator:Alitalia
Registration: I-DUVO
C/n / msn: 45231/945
First flight: 1958
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 40
Total:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 52
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Shannon Airport (SNN) (   Ireland) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ireland
Destination airport:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), United States of America
Flightnumber: 618
Narrative:
The Alitalia flight, on the Roma-Shannon-New York route, was being flown under the supervision of a check pilot. The aircraft took off from runway 05 and a left turn was initiated at 165 feet height. Height was lost during the turn, and the left wing tip contacted the ground. The left wing and no. 1 and 2 propellers then struck the stone wall and grave stones of the Clonloghan Church. The DC-7 then impacted the ground at a 170-180 knots airspeed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "No definite evidence leading to a particular reason for this accident was revealed by the investigation. It can only be concluded that the aeroplane lost height in a turn shortly after takeoff and struck the ground."

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 64-AN/58 (133-134)
» L'UnitÓ 27-2-1960


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Distance from Shannon Airport to New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 4910 km (3069 miles).

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