Narrative:Crashed into Mount Longa at an altitude of 2000 feet (300 feet below the top) while on a night-time approach to Palermo. Weather at the time of the accident included broken cloud layer of 3/8 cumulus at 1500 feet and a visibility of 3 miles. The crew did not adhere to the established approach procedures.
|Date:||05 MAY 1972|
|C/n / msn:|| 45625/144|
|First flight:|| 1961|
|Engines:|| 4 Rolls Royce 508-12 Conway|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 108 / Occupants: 108|
|Total:||Fatalities: 115 / Occupants: 115 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||5 km (3.1 mls) SW of Palermo (Italy)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy|
|Destination airport:||Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport (PMO/LICJ), Italy|
The aircraft was named "Antonio Pigafetta".
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» Disastro aereo Volo Alitalia AZ 112 del 5 maggio 1972 localitÓ Montagna LongaSample newspaper article from Newspaperarchive.com
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Distance from Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport as the crow flies is 407 km (254 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.