Alitalia Flight 771

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Alitalia flight 771
Alitalia McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62H Allieri-1.jpg
An Alitalia Douglas DC-8 similar to the one involved
Accident summary
Date July 7, 1962, 18:40 UTC
(July 8, 1962, 00:10 local)
Summary Controlled flight into terrain
Site 11 km NW of Junnar, Maharashtra, India
Passengers 85
Crew 9
Fatalities 94 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Douglas DC-8-43
Operator Alitalia
Registration I-DIWD
Flight origin Kingsford-Smith Airport (SYD/YSSY), Sydney, Australia
1st stopover Darwin International Airport (DRW/YPDN), Darwin, Australia
2nd stopover Don Mueang International Airport (DMK/VTBD), Bangkok, Thailand
3rd stopover Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM/VABB), Mumbai, India
4th stopover Jinnah International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Karachi, Pakistan
Last stopover Mehrabad Airport (THR/OIII), Tehran, Iran
Destination Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Rome, Italy

Alitalia Flight 771 was a multi-leg Douglas DC-8-43 international scheduled flight from Sydney via Darwin, Bangkok, Bombay, Karachi and Tehran to Rome with 94 on board. On July 7, 1962 18:40 UTC (July 8, 1962, 00:10 local) it crashed into a hill about 84 km north-east of Bombay while on approach.

The accident was attributed to several potential causes, including a navigation error which led the pilot to believe that he was nearer to his destination than he actually was; failure to maintain the recommended safe altitude; and pilot unfamiliarity with the flight route.[1]


Coordinates: 19°12′00″N 73°52′48″E / 19.20000°N 73.88000°E / 19.20000; 73.88000