Municipality of Olgiate Olona
This website and the spirit that animates it arise from the desire to honor the memory of the plane crash of Olgiate Olona of June 26, 1959 and the seventy immortal lives whose mortal body fell to the ground that day; moreover, this website is intended to build bonds of solidarity with the persons linked by blood, love and friendship to the seventy immortal lives.
the memory of June 26, 1959
Former President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano expressed on several occasions his appreciation for the commemorative events of June 26, 1959, that he rewarded with his medal in 2011.
Persons, institutions and enterprises share the spirit of the commemorative events inspired to June 26, 1959 and support the commemoration in various ways.
Commemoration of June 26, 2018
Commemoration of June 26, 2018
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Featured story - November 12, 2018
June 26, 2019 - Commemoration of 60th anniversary of plane crash
On June 26, 2019, the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the plane crash will take place in Olgiate Olona. The promoters of the commemorative events of June 26, 1959, have worked on the organization of the event for a long time, and their commitment will continue despite the impossibility to cooperate free of charge with the Municipality of Olgiate Olona, but not because of the latter.
The plane crash of June 26, 1959
Friday June 26, 1959. The town of Olgiate Olona was miraculously saved from a plane crash (the fifth worst disaster of civil Aviation in Italy) which shocked all the world: the Trans World Airlines (TWA) four-engine Lockheed L-1649A Super Constellation Starliner Jetstream (reg. No. N7313C) - flight 891: Athens-Rome-Milan-Paris-Chicago - just taken off from Milan-Malpensa Airport during a storm, was struck by lightning and crashed in flames losing the engines and the rudder; the fuselage with seventy people on board (they were from eight Countries: USA, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Chile, Germany, Egypt, Israel) crashed near Cascina Agnese missing the town for a few dozen of meters. All the people on board perished and the prompt intervention of rescuers was vain. The corpses were recovered on June 27, 1959, and the coffins were brought to the basilica of St. John the Baptist in Busto Arsizio where on June 28, 1959, the funerals were celebrated. The investigation of the Judiciary ended with the dismissal of the case, while the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) confirmed that the breaking up in flight was due to a lightning that ignited the fuel vapors contained in tank No. 7 coming out from the vent outlets.
The oral tale handed down by eyewitnesses became unlikely and turned into legend. In 2008 Alberto Colombo reconstructed the plane crash in his book Il disastro aereo del 26 giugno 1959 a Olgiate Olona (translation: the plane crash of Olgiate Olona of June 26, 1959) and the memory of the fact came back to life thanks to the initiatives promoted by the Municipal Administration: restoration of the memorial monument, Commemoration of 50th anniversary (2009) with naming of via 26 giugno street, commemorative stone, “Ape” car symbol of solidarity in memory of seventy immortal lives, book Settanta vite immortali. Volume commemorativo 50° anniversario disastro aereo 26 giugno 1959 Olgiate Olona (translation: Seventy immortal lives. Volume commemorating the 50th anniversary of Olgiate Olona plane crash of June 26, 1959); educational project with the students in eighth grade of Olgiate Olona started in 2010; in 2011, medal of the President of the Italian Republic (acknowledgment of the high value of the commemorative events of June 26, 1959) and memorial stone in memory of the victims of Milan-Linate air disaster; in 2013, publication of this website.
November 7, 2018
I would like to publicly thank Mr. Donald Edward Lueke for sharing the letter that Archbishop of Milan cardinal (...)
June 26, 2018
Dear Alberto and Nicola, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the people of Olgiate Olona on this day as we all remember and honor (...)
June 13, 2018
Thank you for everything you keep doing in memory of the victims, also my relatives of America were among them (...)
December 22, 2017
Thank you and Happy Christmas to all our friends in Olgiate Olona, hugs and kisses (...)
December 21, 2017
Thank you, we sincerely reciprocate the best wishes (...)
Giuseppe and Teresa
December 21, 2017
I reciprocate your best wishes from the bottom of my heart, I keep alive the memory of those seventy lives who are now so many stars always luminescent on our destinies and on a path of peace (...)
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