All 104 passengers and 6 crew aboard a Scandinavian airlines SAS MD-80 airliner were killed as it crashed at Milan's Linate airport, according to unofficial data. Also killed were four people aboard a Cessna sports airplane that interfered with the passenger jet's take-off manoeuvre. Because of that the MD-80 caught a luggage building with its wing and then collapsed on it. A heavy fire broke out immediately after. Investigations are now being made into the number of casualties among airport personnel who were inside the building.
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969