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The tragedy
On Friday 27 june 1980 the DC9 Itavia, during the flight Bologna-Palermo, crashed into the sea causing the death of 81 passengers.
A special section of the museum is dedicated to the commemoration of this tragedy and documented through audio-video files which are available to the public thanks to Internet access.

Collection of the remains and set-up of the museum
On Wednesday 27th June 2007, in occasion of the 27th anniversary of the massacre, the Museo per la Memoria di Ustica was inaugurated and the remains of the plane – collected, transported and reassembled in the wide spaces of the former ATC warehouses, re-designed by the architect Gian Paolo Mazzucato – were shown to the public in the permanent installation of the artist Christian Boltanski.
The museum has been realised by Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Ministero della Giustizia, Regione Emilia-Romagna, Provincia di Bologna, Comune di Bologna; as will of Associazione dei Parenti delle Vittime della Strage di Ustica and with the contribution of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna.