Accident description
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 14 September 1979
Time:00:47
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator:Aero Trasporti Italiani - ATI
Registration: I-ATJC
C/n / msn: 47667/776
First flight: 1975
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Sarroch (   Italy) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Alghero-Fertilia Airport (AHO/LIEA), Italy
Destination airport:Cagliari-Elmas Airport (CAG/LIEE), Italy
Flightnumber: 12
Narrative:
Whilst inbound to Cagliari, after radar contact, the pilot reportedly elected to discontinue the published NDB approach procedure and instead began a let down to the west apparently in order to avoid local thunderstorm activity. It flew into Conca d'Oru at a height of 2000 feet (610 m). Reportedly the ILS of the active runway was unserviceable at the time.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Crew misjudgment and inadequate ATC assistance (controller distracted).

Events:


Sources:
» Airmanship Online (Spring 1999)
» ICAO Adrep 3/90 (#16)
» Marco Carcioffo


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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 Alghero-Fertilia Airport to Cagliari-Elmas Airport as the crow flies is 166 km (104 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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