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Datum:vrijdag 27 juni 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-9-15
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Aerolinee Itavia
Registratie: I-TIGI
Constructienummer: 45724/22
Bouwjaar: 1966
Aantal vlieguren:29544
Aantal vluchten:45032
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 77 / inzittenden: 77
Totaal:slachtoffers: 81 / inzittenden: 81
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:25 km (15.6 mijl) NE van Ustica, Italy [Tyrrhenian Sea] (   Mer Méditerranée)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Bologna-Borgo Panigale Airport (BLQ/LIPE), Italië
Vliegveld van aankomst:Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport (PMO/LICJ), Italië
Vluchtnummer: 870
Itavia flight 870 departed Bologna (BLQ) at 20:08 on a domestic flight to Palermo (PMO). The DC-9 was en route over the Tyrrhenian Sea at an altitude of about 24000 feet when an explosion occurred. Extensive structural damage caused the plane to break up. Most of the wreckage sank to a depth of some 3500 metres.
The cause of the accident has never been officially established. In the years following the accident many theories were suggested. Some theories cantered around the fact that the DC-9 may have accidentally been shot down by NATO fighters. Either during an exercise involving Italian, U.S., and French jet fighters, or during a dog fight involving Libyan, U.S., French and Italian Air Force fighters in the area.
It has also been suggested that explosive device detonated in the rear (starboard) toilet.

» Flight International 03 January 1981 (4)
» ICAO Adrep 4/89 (#31)
» Accident to Itavia DC-9 near Ustica, 27 June 1980- Wreckage and Impact Information & Analysis (ISASI Paper, 1994)
» Analysis of radar data, suggesting side-lobe tracks instead of unidentified planes (in Italian, starting page 5)
» Lessons from the Ustica investigations / A. Frank Taylor, Cranfield University (illustrated version)


photo of DC-9-15-I-TIGI
accident date: 27-06-1980
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
registration: I-TIGI
photo of DC-9-15-I-TIGI
accident date: 27-06-1980
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
registration: I-TIGI

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 Bologna-Borgo Panigale Airport en Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport bedraagt 718 km (449 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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