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Date: 27 JUN 1980
Type: Douglas DC-9-15
C/n / msn: 45724/22
First flight: 1966
Total airframe hrs: 29544
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers: Fatalities: 77 / Occupants: 77
Total: Fatalities: 81 / Occupants: 81
Airplane damage: Written off
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: 25 km (15.6 mls) NE off Ustica, Italy [Tyrrhenian Sea] (Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Bologna-Borgo Panigale Airport (BLQ/LIPE), Italy
Destination airport: Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport (PMO/LICJ), Italy
F/O : IH870's First Officer radio transmissions ACC: Control Centers
Time | Source | Content
20:56 | F/O | Rome, Itavia 870. 115 miles to PRS (Raisi VOR, near Palermo), maintaining 250.
20:56 | Rome ACC | Roger, Itavia 870. An estimate for Raisi ?
20:56 | F/O | We estimate Raisi at 19.
20:56 | Rome ACC | 870, roger. Cleared to Raisi VOR, no delay expected. Call back for descent.
20:56 | F/O | To Raisi, no delay. We'll call you for descent, 870.
20:56 | Rome ACC | That is correct.
20:59:45 - Last transponder answer from the IH870 is recorded at the far southern end of the Ciampino civil radar range. IH870 is recorded at FL250, about 50 miles north of Ustica island.
21:04 | Rome ACC | Itavia 870, when ready, cleared to 110, report leaving 250 and passing 150.(No answer)
21:04 | Rome ACC | Itavia 870, Rome (No answer)
21:04 | Rome ACC | Itavia 870, Rome, do you read ? (No answer).
Two other traffic are requested to relay the calls to IH870, but no answer is ever get from the DC-9.
Some hours after the incident occurred, i've called general Saverio Rana, at the time President of Italian Aviation Registry (hence the highest degree in the field of security of non military airplanes);
he gave me straight an accurate information: he told me that near IH870 was tracked an UFO approaching it, and that right after the plane was STRUCK BY A MISSILE. Rana also clarified that those informations were coming straight from analysis of radar trackings and from sources within the military well known to him. I had the feeling that while he was sharing that with me, it wasn't his purpose to disclose them to the public (give the circumstances, it could fall into the military secret's field). Rana was a mate and a friend, i always fully trusted in him, and this is why, when i reported to the parliament about the developement of the investigations i've mentioned that the one of a missile was the MOST LIKELY" explanation.
Allora sentite questa... Gua...
Now listen to this one... Loo...
After years of investigations, no official explanation or final report have been provided by the Italian government. In 1989 the Parliamentary Commission on Terrorism, headed by Senator Giovanni Pellegrino, pronounced itself content concerning the disappearance of Flight 870, which thus became known as "Ustica Massacre" (Strage di Ustica).
The definitive sentence asserted: "The DC9 incident occurred following a military interception action, the DC9 was shot down, the lives of 81 innocent citizens were destroyed by an action properly described as an act of war, real war undeclared, a covert international police action against our country, which violated its borders and rights."
On January 10th, 2007, the Cassazione Court of Italy conclusively closed the case, fully acquitting two former Italian Air Force Generals, Lamberto Bartolucci and Franco Ferri, of any wrongdoing.
In June 2008, Rome prosecutors reopened the investigation into the crash after former Italian President Francesco Cossiga said that the aircraft had been shot down by French warplanes (see Italy reopens probe into 1980 plane crash: media.
On July 7 2008 a claim for damages was served to the French President.
I need to read it again to get the idea as to whom benefited from this. What was the motive in your view?
Originally posted by Mario78
Please, no nonsense , at least here !
ALL photos, including the one you have posted, clearly show that something (i.e., A TERRORIST BOMB) exploded INSIDE the plane.
The shamelessly pro-palestinians Italian governments of those years could not admit that, so they let the Italian AirForce and the USAF take the blame, against all evidence.
The Italian Minister of the Interior Affairs, who later became P.M.
Francesco Cossiga, has ripetedly said and wrote so, and nobody dares to challenge him, but the pro-terrorist left keeps circulating the same nonsense.
ROME (Reuters) June 22 2008 - Rome prosecutors have reopened a probe into a mysterious plane explosion off Sicily in 1980, after former Italian President Francesco Cossiga said the plane was hit by a French missile, Italian media reported on Sunday.
Cossiga told Italian television earlier this year that he and former cabinet undersecretary Giuliano Amato were told by Italian secret service agents that a French aircraft had launched the missile in an apparent attempt to hit a nearby plane believed to be carrying Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
In June 2008, Rome prosecutors reopened the investigation into the crash after former Italian President Francesco Cossiga said that the aircraft had been shot down by French warplanes.
On July 7 2008 a claim for damages was served to the French President.
The media also reported that radar monitoring released in 1997 by NATO showed that at least seven fighter aircraft were in the vicinity when the jet plunged into the sea off the island of Ustica. According to these sources, the radar shows one or two Libyan MiG-23 had tried to evade detection by flying close to the airliner. Three Italian Air Force F-104S, one U.S. Navy A-7 Corsair II and a French fighter pursued the Libyan MiG-23 and a battle ensued.
Originally posted by LucidDreamer85
The picture of the panel near or on the door shows a exit wound ( for lack of better word). It shows that something penetrated the metal but from the inside out, meaning that likely it was an explosion from inside the craft somewhere near the door on the left, as that is where the most parts of the plan are missing...
Too anybody who can piece things together, that should be the most logical solution. We might never know for sure but at least we can be smart enough to guess correctly.
Originally posted by jkrog08
reply to post by internos
Did you manage to find a passenger manifest? I am anxious to know who all was on board that flight as it might be able to provide some insight to the chances of an internal explosion. Are you thinking a false flag op gone wrong? I have to say that is my immediate thought. Again excellent post.
Si compivano anche ricerche al fine di accertare se alcuno dei passeggeri avesse avuto precedenti o pendenze penali.
Si appurava così che Alberto Bonfietti, segretario provinciale e regionale dell’organizzazione extraparlamentare “Lotta Continua, era stato denunciato per aver promosso manifestazioni sediziose e senza preavviso, per occupazione della facoltà di sociologia dell’università di Trento nonché per violenza a pubblico ufficiale;
Giuseppe De Cicco era stato denunciato per macellazione e trasporto clandestino di carni e violazione di domicilio;
Giacomo Filippi lo era stato per trasporto di partita per uso zootecnico sprovvista del prescritto certificato sanitario;
Vito Fontana per lesioni personali colpose;
Andrea Guarano per incendio doloso e per prelievo irregolare di energia elettrica;
Giuseppe Manitta aveva precedenti per furto aggravato, commercio di stupefacenti, esercizio abusivo di commercio e emissione di assegni a vuoto;
Carlo Parrinello era stato denunciato per violazione di legge sulla caccia; Anna
Paola Pelliccioni era stata denunciata per omessa custodia di animali.
Si appurava altresì che il coniuge di De Lisi Elvira, Parisi Roberto, imprenditore edile, consigliere delegato del gruppo ICEM (Costruzioni Elettriche Meccaniche), sarà ucciso dalla mafia a Palermo nel 1985.
In effetti nessuno dei passeggeri aveva precedenti tali da motivare azioni di vendetta o di minaccia. Si tratta di denunce e condanne, ad eccezione del Manitta, per reati minimi. Anche i precedenti del Manitta però sono di criminalità comune.
AN investigation was started to determine whether any of the passengers had had previous criminal convictions or slopes.
It was established that Alberto Bonfietti, secretary of the provincial and extra-regional "Lotta Continua", was denounced for promoting events and seditious without notice for employment of the faculty of sociology at the University of Trento and violence public official;
Giuseppe De Cicco had been sued for illegal slaughter and transportation of meat and violation of domicile;
James Filippi was for the transportation of animals withhout the mandatory certificate of health;
Vito Fontana for negligent personal injury;
Andrea Guarano for arson and unlawful removal of electricity;
Giuseppe Manitta had had issues in the past for theft, drug trade, exercise of improper trading and issuing a blank check;
Parrinello Carlo had been sued for violation of the law on hunting, Anna
Paola Pelliccioni had been condemned for failing to care for animals.
It was also determined that Elvira De Lisi's husband, Roberto Parisi, director of the ICEM group (Construction Electrical Mechanical) will be killed by the Mafia in Palermo in 1985.
In fact none of the passengers had police records worthy to justify such an huge act.
EDIT to add: Also what were the depths of the videos you posted, were they a 9,000 feet?