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Last updated: 16 October 2017
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Date:Monday 26 January 1953
Time:11:44
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Linee Aeree Italiane - LAI
Registration: I-LAIL
C/n / msn: 4308
First flight: 1942
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:20 km (12.5 mls) NE of Cagliari-Elmas Airport (CAG) (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cagliari-Elmas Airport (CAG/LIEE), Italy
Destination airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy
Narrative:
Lost control and crashed in mountainous terrain near Sinnai, following the failure of the left wing.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was the result of port wing failure due to overstressing."

Classification:
Wing failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» La Stampa 27 Jan. 1953


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Distance from Cagliari-Elmas Airport to Roma-Ciampino Airport as the crow flies is 409 km (256 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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