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No Survivors Among 37 Aboard Airliner in Italian Alps Crash

October 16, 1987|Associated Press

BARNI, Italy — Authorities said today that there were no survivors among the 37 people aboard an Italian airliner that crashed during a storm in the foothills of the Italian Alps.

Rescue workers located the craft early today on a craggy hillside, but thick fog and rough terrain hindered recovery attempts.

The crash of the twin-engine turboprop occurred minutes after takeoff Thursday night on a flight from Milan to Cologne, West Germany.

A passenger list released by ATI, a subsidiary of the state-run carrier Alitalia, did not include nationalities, but most if not all of those aboard were believed to be Italian or West German.

Antonio Giacomino, a fire official coordinating recovery operations, said fog is hindering flights of helicopters and the recovery of bodies from the inaccessible hillside at an altitude of about 2,500 feet.

The crash occurred on Mt. Crezzo, a mountain that drops off precipitously on one side to Lake Como and its popular resorts near the Swiss border.

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