On 27 June 1980, the Aerolinee Itavia flight 870, en route from Bologna to Palermo, crashed into the sea near the Ustica island, off Naples.
Decades of official investigations followed, without a real explanation ever given and even some Italian Air Forces generals indicted for high treason.
Recently, the Italian Supreme Court has confirmed a 2010 ruling by the Palermo Court of Appeals condemning the Italian Government to compensate the victims of the accident (there were no survivors).
Between other things, the Supreme Court stated that the Court of Appeals was correct in declaring that the airplane was shot down by a missile.
But who shot the missile ? In Italy, there is widespread speculation that the plane was shot down by the Italian, French or U.S. Air Force for unknown reasons. According to one theory, whoever made the deal was falsely supposing that Libyan dictator Col. Gaddafi was on board.
Just the usual conspiracy theories ? For sure the whole accident is shrouded in mystery… according to another theory, which in the past had been upheld by the same Supreme Court, the plane was blown up by a bomb placed on board.