Archive for January, 2011

Bologna, Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident

Dear friends,
yesterday I had to go to Bologna for a relatives’ meeting at the end of the Christmas holidays, and I would like to tell you what’s appened.
After a great meal, a long talk and many laughs we had a digestive walk, my relatives took me at the Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident, I have ever seen the wreck on television in the news, but I couldn’t imagine the effect it would have made me to directly see it.

Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident

June, 27 1980 an Italian flight suffered an in-flight explosion while in route from Bologna to Palermo, the aircraft (registered I-TIGI) crashed at 20:59 CET into the Tyrrhenian Sea near the island of Ustica about 130 km southwest of Naples. All 81 people on board were killed. After years of investigations, no official explanation or final report has been provided by the Italian government.

In Bologna on June 27, 2007 the Museum for the Memory of Ustica was opened. The museum is in possession of parts of the plane, which are assembled and on display. Almost all of the external fuselage of the plane was reconstructed. In the museum there are also objects belonging to those on board that were found in the sea near the plane.

Christian Boltanski

The aircraft wreckage is showed in a suggestive and evocative setting, suitably created by the French artist Christian Boltanski. The 81 victims of this slaughter are recalled through as many lights which turn on and off at a breath rhythm. Around the rebuilt aircraft, 81 black mirrors reflect the image of the person going along the balcony while 81 loudspeakers utter whispers, common and universal thoughts, which underline this accidental and ineluctable tragedy.

Click on the picture - You can virtually visit it now

All the objects found are contained in a wooden box covered with a black plastic skin. A small book with the photos of all objects and various information is available to the visitor upon request.

I highly recommend you to visit it at night because it’s much more touching, when the lights turn off the room is almost entirely in the dark and you can see only the silhouette of the plane like it could still fly, when the lights slowly turn on you atrociously can see it’s just a scrap.