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Last updated: 4 April 2020
Datum:Freitag 5 Mai 1972
Flugzeugtyp:Douglas DC-8-43
Kennzeichen: I-DIWB
Werknummer: 45625/144
Baujahr: 1961
Triebwerk: 4 Rolls-Royce Conway 508-12
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 108 / Insassen: 108
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 115 / Insassen: 115
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:5 km (3.1 Meilen) SW of Palermo (   Italien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italien
Flug nach:Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport (PMO/LICJ), Italien
Crashed into Mount Longa at an altitude of 2000 feet (300 feet below the top) while on a night-time approach to Palermo. Weather at the time of the accident included broken cloud layer of 3/8 cumulus at 1500 feet and a visibility of 3 miles. The crew did not adhere to the established approach procedures.
The aircraft was named "Antonio Pigafetta".

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photo of Douglas-DC-8-43-I-DIWB
accident date: 05-05-1972
type: Douglas DC-8-43
registration: I-DIWB
photo of Douglas-DC-8-43-I-DIWB
accident date: 05-05-1972
type: Douglas DC-8-43
registration: I-DIWB

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 Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport as the crow flies is 407 km (254 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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