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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 5 May 1972
Time:22:24
Type:Douglas DC-8-43
Operator:Alitalia
Registration: I-DIWB
C/n / msn: 45625/144
First flight: 1961
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Conway 508-12
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 108 / Occupants: 108
Total:Fatalities: 115 / Occupants: 115
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) SW of Palermo (   Italy)
Crash site elevation: 610 m (2001 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport (PMO/LICJ), Italy
Flightnumber:AZ112
Narrative:
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".

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero
» Jet-Airliner Unfälle seit 1952 / J. Richter, Chr. Wolf
» Marco Riva
» Disastro aereo Volo Alitalia AZ 112 del 5 maggio 1972 località Montagna Longa


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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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