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Date:Saturday 24 May 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 600
Operator:Aero Trasporti Italiani - ATI
Registration: I-ATIT
MSN: 10363
First flight: 1968-05-08 (1 year )
Total airframe hrs:3087
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 31
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 36
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Reggio Calabria Airport (REG) (   Italy)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Reggio Calabria Airport (REG/LICR), Italy
The Friendship departed Roma at 08:33 with a pilot in training for pilot-in-command occupying the left seat and the pilot under training for co-pilot the right seat. The pilot-in-command (instructor) occupied the jumpseat. Whilst approaching Reggio di Calabria over the S. Agata River, the aircraft descended below the normal approach path and the landing gear and rear fuselage struck the left embankment wall of the river. The gear collapsed and the aircraft crashed onto the runway (runway 15).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Mistaken appraisal by the pilots of the distance between the aircraft and the ground during the final phase of the landing approach."



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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 Reggio Calabria Airport as the crow flies is 503 km (314 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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