Mattarella recalls Bologna bombing, Ustica crash

Jul 31, 2020 126

President Sergio Mattarella visited Bologna on Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of two of the most painful moments in Italy's history - the 1980 Bologna station bombing and the Ustica air crash. On 27 June 1980, a Bologna-Palermo flight by the now-defunct Itavia airline crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea between the islands of Ponza and Ustica, killing all 81 people on board.

Known in Italy as the Ustica Massacre ("Strage di Ustica"), the disaster led to numerous investigations, legal actions and accusations, and continues to be a source of controversy, including claims of conspiracy. The Bologna train station bombing killed 85 people and wounded 200 on August 2, 1980. Staged by rightwing extremists, it was Italy's worst terrorist attack since World War II.

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