Airplane Crash - Tyrrhenian Sea, Off Ustica, Italy 06/27/1980

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Tyrrhenian Sea, off Ustica, Italy


Date06/27/1980
Time20:59
LocationTyrrhenian Sea, off Ustica, Italy
OperatorItavia
Flight #870
RouteBologna - Palermo
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
RegistrationI-TIGI
Cn/In45724/22
Aboard81
Fatalities81
Ground0
SummaryTwo Libyan MiG aircraft concealed themselves from radar detection by flying closely to the DC-9. When this was discovered, an attempt was made by either French or US aircraft to intercept the MiGs. It was believed that a shot fired at the MiGs accidentally struck Itavia Flight 870. The aircraft exploded and crashed off the island of Ustica. A report released in 1994 stated new evidence pointed to an explosive device aboard the aircraft causing the crash.

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