Date & Time: Dec 22, 1975 at 1029 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
San Francisco – New York – Milan
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
The approach to Milan-Malpensa Airport was completed in limited visibility due to foggy conditions. During the last segment, the airplane struck the ground to the left of the main runway. On impact, all landing gears and all four engines were torn off. The aircraft slid for few hundred meters then came to rest in a grassy area with the fuselage bent and the cockpit that separated from the rest of the aircraft. All 122 occupants were evacuated, 26 of them were injured, among them the Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
Failure of the pilot-in-command to follow the approved procedures.