Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
Bureau d'Archives des Accidents d'Avions

Crash of a Douglas C-47-DL near Cagliari: 19 killed

Accident description

  • Jan 26, 1953 at 1144 LT
  • I-LAIL
  • Takeoff (climb)
  • Scheduled Revenue Flight
  • No
  • Mountains
  • Cagliari – Rome
  • 4308
  • 1941
  • Cagliari, Sardinia
  • Italy
  • Europe
  • 3
  • 3
  • 16
  • 16
  • 0
  • 19
  • Few minutes after its takeoff from Cagliari-Elmas Airport, while climbing, the airplane went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed on the Mt Sinnai located 15 km northwest of the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and all 19 occupants were killed.
  • It was determined that the loss of control was caused by the failure of the left wing which detached in flight from its root. It is believed that the loss of the left wing was caused by a structural failure due to the wrong attitude of the aircraft. Nevertheless, investigations were unable to establish if this was the result of a fault on part of the flying crew or if the aircraft encountered strong downdrafts or turbulences.