The San Donato plane crash occurred at the intersection of via 8 October 2001 and via Marignano, near the metro terminus in San Donato, a few steps from the Eni headquarters. The street is dedicated to the memory of 118 victims of the Linate massacre on October 8 exactly twenty years ago, the collision on runway 36R between a Md-87 and a Cessna Citation D-IEVX, shortly after 8 in the morning. The most serious air disaster in Italy.
On the Linate runway, a SK686 scheduled flight of the Scandinavian Airlines company (McDonnell-Douglas MD-87 Se-Dma aircraft), bound for Copenhagen, and a private jet bound for Paris, carrying four people on board. Approximately 18 seconds after detaching the nose gear, the plane engulfs and destroys the jet, then crashing into the airport baggage handling hub. 104 passengers and 6 crew members, the four people on board the Cessna and four Sea employees, the company that manages the Forlanini airport, died.
Only one survivor in the disaster: Pasquale Padovano. Hit by a fiery river of fuel, devoured by flames, he underwent over 100 surgeries. He had burns on 85% of his body. Meanwhile, the black box has been found and the first hypotheses about the tragedy emerge. The Pilatus seems to have fallen vertically, from about 1,500 meters, and there are remains scattered for about 200 meters. A painstaking technical work also because the study of accidents prevents the repetition of errors, lack of controls, even those things that, not knowing how to explain them, we call “fatality”.