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Last updated: 26 September 2020
Status:Definitief
Datum:vrijdag 26 februari 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7C
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Alitalia
Registratie: I-DUVO
Constructienummer: 45231/945
Bouwjaar: 1958
Motoren: 4 Wright R-3350 (988TC18)
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 11 / inzittenden: 12
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 23 / inzittenden: 40
Totaal:slachtoffers: 34 / inzittenden: 52
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Shannon Airport (SNN) (   Ierland)
Fase: Initiële klim (ICL)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ierland
Vliegveld van aankomst:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer:AZ618
Beschrijving:
Alitalia flight 618 was a scheduled service from Rome, Italy, to New York, NY, USA, with a refueling stop at Shannon, Ireland.
The flight was being flown under the supervision of a check pilot.
The aircraft, a Douglas DC-7C, arrived at Shannon without incident and after refueling, it was cleared to take off from runway. The weather was clear but dark and partially overcast.
The take-off from runway 05 was normal except that the ground roll was probably slightly prolonged. The landing gear was retracted normally. A turn to the left was begun very shortly after gear retraction when the aircraft had climbed to about 165 ft. Power was reduced from take-off power to alternate climb power (2080 BHP) shortly after the turn had been initiated. The flaps, which had been at either 20° or 10° initially, were not fully retracted prior to power reduction. Following power reduction, the aircraft accelerated instead of climbing and lost height while still turning. The landing lights were on during the flight. The aircraft struck the ground while still in a left turn - the point of impact being 65 ft amsl. The left wing tip made the initial contact. The left propellers (Nos. 1 and 2) and left wing struck the stone wall and grave stones of Clonloghan Church. The tips of No. 3 propeller first struck the wall and then made cuts in the turf. The speed of the aircraft at impact was of the order of 170 - 180 kt.
The aircraft was completely destroyed by impact and subsequent explosion and fire. One steward and seventeen passengers survived the accident.

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."

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


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Shannon Airport en New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY bedraagt 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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