- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: June 27, 1980
Time: 20:59
Location: Tyrrhenian Sea, off Ustica, Italy
Operator: Itavia
Flight #: 870
Route: Bologna - Palermo
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15
Registration: I-TIGI
cn / ln: 45724/22
Aboard: 81   (passengers:77  crew:4)
Fatalities: 81   (passengers:77  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: 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.
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