October 8, 2001: 18 years ago the plane crash at Milan-Linate
The most serious accident for number of victims ever in Italy
Exactly 18 years ago, on October 8, 2001 the most serious air disaster for number of victims ever occurred in Italy took place at the Milan-Linate airport. A Cessna Citation CJ-2, registration D-IEVX , for a mistake entered the main runway, violently impacted with a McDonnell Douglas MD-87, registration SE-DMA, of Scandinavian Airlines causing the death of 118 people. The only survivor of the terrible accident was Pasquale Padovano, a baggage handler, who was disfigured by his burns.
It happened a little less than a month after the September 11 attacks in New York, it was initially assumed that it was a terrorist attack, but the fatality was caused by a chain of adverse events: poor visibility due to fog, the inadequate signage, the Cessna crew taking the wrong airport connection, ground radar and non-operational runway invasion sensors, air traffic controller errors.
On November 17, 2001 the "Comitato 8 ottobre per non dimenticare" established in Milan is an association (and later foundation) that unites all the families of the people who lost their lives that day. Today the foundation organizes a day of commemoration with moments of reflection at the Linate airport currently closed for renovations, a mass to remember the people who died at the Basilica of St. Ambrose and a re-enactment concert at the conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi".
© AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency Srl