Détails:A Douglas C-47 operated by the Italian Air Force crashed at Maghera, Italy, killing all four crew members.
|Date:||23 NOV 1973|
|Compagnie:||Aeronautica Militare Italiana - AMI|
|Numéro de série:|| |
|Année de Fabrication:|| |
|Equipage:||victimes: 4 / à bord: 4|
|Passagers:||victimes: 0 / à bord: 0|
|Total:||victimes: 4 / à bord: 4 |
|Dégats de l'appareil:|| Perte Totale|
|Conséquences:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Lieu de l'accident:||Maghera (Italie)
|Phase de vol:|| Inconnu (UNK)|
|Aéroport de départ:||?|
|Aéroport de destination:||?|
The airplane, call sign 'Argo 16' was used by the Italian Secret Service and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in covert operations. Officially, those operations were limited to electronic surveillance over the Adriatic Sea and interference with the Yugoslavian radar network. The C-47 was also said to have been used for the repatriation of terrorists and transport of secret service agents.
There are different theories as to the cause of the accident. It was widely believed the plane was sabotaged by Mossad, the Israeli national intelligence agency, in retaliation for the pro-Libyan Italian government's decision to expel, rather than try, five Arabs who had tried to blow up an Israeli airliner.
In 1990 General Geraldo Serraville, head of Gladio from 1971 to 1974, told a television programme that he thought the plane was probably sabotaged by the gladiatori who were refusing to hand over their clandestine arms. Gladio was a clandestine NATO anti-communist paramilitary organization.
» Argo 16 (Wikipedia)
Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tels qui sont connus à ce jour.