ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3) I-LINC Monte Giner
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 22 December 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Linee Aeree Italiane - LAI
Registration: I-LINC
MSN: 9101
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Monte Giner (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy
Destination airport:Milano-Malpensa Airport (MXP/LIMC), Italy
DC-3 I-LINC was cleared for a VFR flight to Elba and continuing IFR to Milan along airways A3 and A9. Cruising altitude was FL105.
The course laid down in the flight plan was not followed; instead the crew tried to fly a direct course Roma-Milan. The aircraft deviated from this direct course and crashed into a mountain 2h12 min after takeoff.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Commission concluded that the change in route followed by the aircraft and the resulting accident may be attributed to the following: a) the pilot did not follow the airways assigned in the flight plan - which constitutes a violation of flight rules; b) he did not check his direction and position along the new route; c) unfavourable weather conditions and drift existed; d) there was a possibility of error in the navigational instruments."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» ICAO Accident Digest No.8, Circular 54-AN/49 (176-181)
» L'Unitá 25-12-1956


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Distance from Roma-Ciampino Airport to Milano-Malpensa Airport as the crow flies is 524 km (327 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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