Do not forget Cermis

On a reader’s request, we are republishing in English our article ‘Non dimentichiamo il Cermis’

On February 3rd, 1998, a US Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler based in Aviano, Italy, while flying too close to the ground around Mount Cermis, in the Italian region of Trentino Alto Adige, cut a cubleway rope. The cabin fell and twenty people died.

The airplane crew, being made of US servicemen on duty, couldn’t be tried in Italy, and was instead tried by a US Court Martial. After a string of trials strongly suspected of being subject to political manipulation, the members of the crew were acquitted of the charge of manslaughter, being instead found guilty of minor offences.

Such an episode was supposed to cause at least a stir in the diplomatic relations between Rome and Washington, but this virtually did not happen at all. Could it be still true what was said during the Cold War, that ‘Italy is NATO’s Bulgary’ ?

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