THE PLANE CRASH OF OLGIATE OLONA (ITALY) OF JUNE 26, 1959

 

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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.

 
 
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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.

 
Today’s remembrance

Albert John Palmer
born June 1st, 1917
in London, UK

 
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Photographs of TWA Super Constellation N7313C crashed in Olgiate Olona in 1959

 

Donald Edward Lueke from Kansas City, Missouri, USA, volunteer at Twa Museum of Kansas City and son of late Donald Albert Lueke (member of the crew in service on the aircraft of the plane crash of Olgiate Olona) kindly sent us some photographs of the TWA Starliner aircraft with registration number N7313C whose fuselage crashed near Cascina Agnese on June 26, 1959. We are publishing these images for the first time after nearly 59 years from that tragic day. Don Lueke received these photos by a visitor of the Twa Museum, Greg Smith, who wrote: The image is actually an Airport Postcard of Ciampino Rome. This is also in my collection and this is the only copy I have ever seen. I’ve been collecting airline postcards since 1975. I am thinking that after the crash, it was removed as an airport postcard knowing it featured the crashed aircraft. I don’t know for sure, but it is pretty hard to find.

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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.

 

Fatality struck seventy lives and tortured only their mortal bodies which fell to the ground: their spirits rose to immortality instead. For the seventy immortal lives of June 26, 1959 is worth what the Bible says: The souls of righteous are in the hands of God and no torment shall touch them anymore (Sap 3,1). The relatives of these righteous have silently and with dignity turned their great sorrow into a gift: for their loved ones, for new generations, for the community. We are not allowed to change the History already happened. What was done in Olgiate Olona so far and what still will be done is only the essential that we are allowed to do: pray, honor the immortal lives and their loved ones by remembering and with acts of solidarity.
Alberto Colombo

 

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December 22, 2017
Thank you and Happy Christmas to all our friends in Olgiate Olona, hugs and kisses (...)
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December 21, 2017
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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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December 20, 2017
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