On August 6, 2005, a Tunisian registered ATR-72 suffered a dual engine flameout and ditched in the ocean 11 NM northeast of Capo Gallo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy. There were 4 crew members and 29 passengers on board. One cabin crew member and 15 passengers suffered fatal injuries, the remaining occupants sustained minor to serious injuries. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The flight departed Bari, Italy at 12.32 UTC. Approximately 45 minutes later, while cruising at FL 230, the number 2 (right) engine failed and the crew elected to divert to Palermo Punta Raisi airport with only one engine operating. About 3 to 4 minutes later, at 17,000 feet, the number 1 (left) also failed. The crew reported that they attempted to restart the engines with no success. After gliding for about 16 minutes, the crew was forced to perform and emergency water ditching approximately 23 NM offshore from Palermo airport. The aircraft broke into three parts after impacting the sea surface.
The Italian ANSV is investigating, and the NTSB is assisting with extracting data from the Electronic Engine Controls manufactured by Hamilton Sundstrand Corp.
The ANSV has issued safety recommendations regarding the fuel quantity measuring and warning system.