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Last updated: 21 March 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 2 February 2013
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT75 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 72-212A (ATR-72-500)
Operated by:Carpatair
On behalf of:Alitalia
Registration: YR-ATS
C/n / msn: 533
First flight: 1997-11-05 (15 years 3 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127F
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 46
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) (   Italy)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pisa-Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA/LIRP), Italy
Destination airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
An ATR-72 passenger plane, registered YR-ATS, sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO), Italy. Of the 50 occupants, five sustained serious injuries.
Alitalia flight AZ1670 had departed Pisa-Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA) on a domestic flight to Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO). This flight was operated by Carpatair on behalf of Alitalia.
The airplane flew the approach in strong cross wind conditions with wind shear reported at runway 16L some fifteen minutes before the landing. Shortly before touchdown the airplane suddenly lost altitude and impacted the runway with the nose landing gear. This was at a distance of 567 meters from the runway threshold.
It bounced three times, causing the nose and main gear to collapse. The airplane slid off the left side of the runway and came to rest in the grass near taxiway DE, at a distance of about 1780 meters from the runway threshold. The aircraft had also performed a rotation on the vertical axis of 170°, thus assuming a definitive orientation of about 330° magnetic. It came to rest 400 m from fire station no. 1. However, it took the fire services ten minutes to reach the airplane because they were not aware of the precise location of the accident.

The airplane landed in strong winds from 250 degrees on runway 16L. Runway 25 at Fiumicino was Notamed not available for landings due to work in progress.
The Fiumicino Notam reported at the time of the accident of the following limitations of the runway 16L ILS:

Weather about the time of the accident:
LIRF 021920Z 25028G41KT 9999 SCT023 SCT040 11/04 Q0992 WS RWY 16L NOSIG
[19:20 UTC / 20:20 LT: Wind 250 degrees at 28 knots, gusting to 41 knots; Visibility: 10+ km; Scattered clouds at 2200 feet AGL and 4000 feet AGL; Temperature: 11°C; Dewpoint: 4°C; Pressure: 992 mb; Windshear at runway 16L]
LIRF 021950Z 25023KT 9999 SCT023 SCT040 11/03 Q0992 NOSIG
LIRF 022020Z 25022G32KT 9999 SCT022 BKN040 11/03 Q0992 NOSIG

The ATR 72-212 has a demonstrated maximum crosswind component of 35 kts on a dry runway.


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N533AT moved to Carpatair as YR-ATS in December 2012
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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
05 NOV 1997 F-WWLO ATR first flight
21 NOV 1997 N533AT Simmons Airlines delivered
01 MAY 1998 N533AT American Eagle airliner merged into American Eagle
01 OCT 2002 N533AT Executive Airlines (American Eagle) transferred to Executive Airlines
30 JAN 2012 N533AT Executive Airlines (American Eagle) withdrawn from use
09 MAY 2012 N533AT Executive Airlines (American Eagle) stored at Dinar, France
21 DEC 2012 YR-ATS Carpatair delivered
21 DEC 2012 YR-ATS Alitalia operting for Alitalia

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 Pisa-Galileo Galilei Airport to Roma-Fiumicino Airport as the crow flies is 256 km (160 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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