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On June 27th of the year 1980, an Italian plane departed from Bologna directed to Palermo with 77 passengers and 4 crew members. At 20:59 (local time) the plane disappears from the radars. Corpses and floating parts of the plane were found in the Mediterranean Sea and the story behind this crash is veru chilling. Long story short: that evening the sky was filled with military planes, French and American mostly, because on that day the *USS Saratoga* was set to push herself towards Libya to test Gaddafi’s reaction. The last radar recording showed the echoes of the flight 870 and two more in what seemed to be approaching it. 3 weeks after this crash happened, a Libyan military plane was found destroyed with the decomposing body of a Libyan pilot and was declared being dead, by doctors, at least by 3 weeks, so probably shut down around or most probably on that same night of the Itavia flight. Many records were tampered and hidden by French, American and even Italian military forces not to create a scandal and still today nobody knows the whole truth. The rests of the plane were later found and today they are placed altoghether as of a puzzle and the studies conducted on them revealed a big blow on the right side, very usual of a missle, which exploded before hitting the plane itself.
I think the [wikipedia page](https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strage_di_Ustica#Portaerei_Saratoga) in Italian has more info about this so it’s better to open it and then make google translate the whole page. I also found this [documentary](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8jYbIEtCbM) unfortunately in Italian but in here the reporter interviews an American crew member of the USS Saratoga, stationing near Naples at the time, who decided to speak up about this accident just two years ago. He explains that he was afraid to do so back then but he admits that on that evening two of the many fighting jets that took off returned to the ship without missles on them.