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ATR 72 Dual Engine Failure and Ditching

The accident occurred in 2005 and involved an ATR 72-200 aircraft, from Bari (Italy) to Djerba(Tunisia). The aircraft had ditched into the sea off the coast of Capo Gallo (Palermo) following the failure of both engines. The aircraft had taken off from Bari at 12.32 UTC with 39 people on board (4 crew members and 35 passengers, among which 1 airline engineer). While cruising, approximately 50 minutes after takeoff, at flight level 230 (FL 230, 23.000 feet), the right engine shut down (no. 2) and after approximately 100 seconds also the left engine shut down (no. 1). The flight crew decided to divert to the airport at Palermo, Punta Raisi, to make a precautionary landing. The crew referred to having tried to restart both engines, but without success. After gliding for approximately 16 minutes, the aircraft ditched approximately 23 nautical miles northeast from Palermo's airport, Punta Raisi, within Italian territorial waters. On impact with the surface of the sea, the aircraft broke into three pieces; 14 passengers, the airline engineer and a member of the crew (senior flight attendant) reported fatal injuries. The other occupants suffered serious to minor injuries.

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