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Last updated: 20 May 2019
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 26 Februar 1960
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7C
Fluggesellschaft:Alitalia
Kennzeichen: I-DUVO
Werknummer: 45231/945
Baujahr: 1958
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 11 / Insassen: 12
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 23 / Insassen: 40
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 34 / Insassen: 52
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Shannon Airport (SNN) (   Irland)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Irland
Flug nach:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), USA
Flugnummer:AZ618
Unfallbericht:
The Alitalia flight, on the Roma-Shannon-New York route, was being flown under the supervision of a check pilot. The aircraft took off from runway 05 and a left turn was initiated at 165 feet height. Height was lost during the turn, and the left wing tip contacted the ground. The left wing and no. 1 and 2 propellers then struck the stone wall and grave stones of the Clonloghan Church. The DC-7 then impacted the ground at a 170-180 knots airspeed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "No definite evidence leading to a particular reason for this accident was revealed by the investigation. It can only be concluded that the aeroplane lost height in a turn shortly after takeoff and struck the ground."

Informationsquelle:
» ICAO Circular 64-AN/58 (133-134)
» L'Unità 27-2-1960


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Distance from Shannon Airport to New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 4910 km (3069 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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