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.
|Date:||Friday 26 February 1960|
|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:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Shannon Airport (SNN) (Ireland)
|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|
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."
» ICAO Circular 64-AN/58 (133-134)
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Distance from Shannon Airport to New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 4910 km (3069 miles).