We spoke with Daniele Osnato, an attorney who has represented several relatives of the victims of the crash of Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870, a DC-9 which plunged into the sea near the island of Ustica in June 1980. On Wednesday, a former member of the U.S. Navy, who was there the night of the crash, said in an interview that there was a firefight between U.S. and Libyan war planes, bolstering the theory that the commercial plane was shot down rather than blown up by terrorists.
Have we arrived at a breakthrough for the Ustica tragedy?
It’s not really a breakthrough, it’s an element that adds to what we know of the truth. I think that what happened on the evening of June 27, 1980, was connected to a complex military operation. The French were definitely present, because we have the radar tracks, and probably the Belgians and the British, too; the Italians were present, and now we know that the United States were there as well. It was an extremely complex situation, in which one can see from the radar tracks that another plane was flying right under the track of the DC-9.