Itavia Flight 870

Itavia Flight 870Friday June 27, 1980
Two 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.

Crash Details

DateFriday June 27, 1980
LocationTyrrhenian Sea, off Ustica, Italy
Passengers77
Crew4
Fatalities81
Survivors0
Aircraft TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
OperatorItavia
RegistrationI-TIGI
Flight OriginBologna
Flight Destination Palermo
Tyrrhenian Sea, off Ustica, Italy
Itavia
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
1980