Alitalia plane crashes

The following events are those involving at least one passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role. Excluded would be events where the only passengers killed were stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs. Only events since 1970 are included.

  1. 5 May 1972; Alitalia DC8-43; near Palermo, Italy: The aircraft flew into the side of a hill during an approach in darkness and poor weather. The seven crew members and 108 passengers were all killed

  2. 23 December 1978; Alitalia DC9-32; near Palermo, Italy: The aircraft crashed into the sea about two miles (3.2 km) short of the runway during its approach. The accident occurred in darkness and poor weather. Failure of the crew to follow correct approach procedures also contributed to the crash. All five crew members and 103 of 124 passengers were killed.

  3. 14 November 1990; Alitalia DC9-32; near Zurich, Switzerland: The aircraft was flying about 900 feet (275 m) too low during approach and hit high ground. All six crew members and 40 passengers were killed

Alitalia plane crashes -- 22 May 2015