Superga air disaster

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Superga air disaster
Fiat G.212 I-ELCE tragedia Superga.jpg
Official name Superga air disaster
Year 1949
Date 05/04
Place Torino
Place Italy
Place Europe
Perpetrator/s Accident

Official summary

The Superga air disaster occurred on 4 May 1949, when a Fiat G.212 of Avio Linee Italiane (Italian Airlines), carrying the entire Torino football team (popularly known as the Grande Torino), crashed into the retaining wall at the back of the Basilica of Superga, which stands on a hill on the outskirts of Turin. Thirty-one people died; there were no survivors.

The Avio Linee Italiane Fiat G.212CP was carrying the team home from Lisbon, where they had played a friendly match with S.L. Benfica in honour of the Portuguese captain, Francisco Ferreira. In the incident, the whole Torino team (almost all of the Italy national football team) lost their lives. Club officials and carriers also perished in the accident, as well as the crew and three well-known Italian sports journalists: Renato Casalbore (founder of Tuttosport); Renato Tosatti (the Gazzetta del Popolo, father of Giorgio Tosatti), and Luigi Cavallero (La Stampa). The task of identifying the bodies was entrusted to the former manager of the Italy national team, Vittorio Pozzo, who had called up most of Torino's players to the Azzurri.

Fakeology Analysis


Mainstream links

  • Listverse: Top 10 sporting airline disasters[MSM 1]
  • Documenting reality: Photo of stage prop landing gear [MSM 2]
  • Wikimedia commons: Photo of crash site [MSM 3]

Fakeology Classification

Plane psyops

DCP psyops

Alleged victims

  • Valerio Bacigalupo
  • Aldo Ballarin
  • Dino Ballarin
  • Émile Bongiorni
  • Eusebio Castigliano
  • Rubens Fadini
  • Guglielmo Gabetto
  • Roger Grava|Ruggero Grava
  • Giuseppe Grezar
  • Ezio Loik
  • Virgilio Maroso
  • Danilo Martelli
  • Valentino Mazzola
  • Romeo Menti
  • Piero Operto
  • Franco Ossola
  • Mario Rigamonti
  • Július Schubert
Club officials
  • Arnaldo Agnisetta, manager
  • Ippolito Civalleri, manager
  • Egri Erbstein, trainer
  • Leslie Lievesley, coach
  • Ottavio Corina, masseur
  • Renato Casalbore, (founder of Tuttosport)
  • Luigi Cavallero, (La Stampa)
  • Renato Tosatti, (Gazzetta del Popolo)
  • Pierluigi Meroni, pilot
  • Antonio Pangrazi
  • Celestino D'Inca
  • Cesare Biancardi
  • Andrea Bonaiuti, organiser

The full-back, Sauro Tomà, did not take part in the trip due to an injured meniscus, nor did the reserve goalkeeper, Renato Gandolfi (the third goalkeeper, Dino Ballarin, took his place). Ladislao Kubala did not take part of the trip since his child fell very ill the day of the departure. Radio commentator Nicolò Carosio, Luigi Giuliano (captain of the Torino youth team), and former manager of the Italy national team, Vittorio Pozzo, were excluded for various reasons. Torino's president, Ferruccio Novo, did not take part in the trip due to influenza.

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The current remains of the aircraft include a propeller, a tire, scattered pieces of the fuselage, and the personal bags of Mazzola, Maroso, and Erbstein, which are preserved in a museum in Grugliasco near Turin. The Museo del Grande Torino e della Leggenda Granata, hosted in the prestigious Villa Claretta Assandri of Grugliasco, was opened 4 May 2008, the anniversary of the tragedy. 8 of the 18 players (as well as 2 coaches and 1 journalist Renato Casalbore) are buried at the Monumental Cemetery of Turin.

  • Memorial for the Superga air crash [MSM 4]
  • Youtube: 300,000 fans turned to the streets to pay their last respects [MSM 5]



  • Roberto Thoeni, L'ultimo urlo per il grande Torino, Abaco Editori
  • Dino Buzzati, in La nera di Dino Buzzati, Oscar Mondadori
  • Vincenzo Baggioli (a cura), Il Torino. Oltre la vita!, Milano, I.P.L.


  • Assets sport: Image galleries [MSM 6]

See also





Mainstream links