Degree Award in memory of the victims of the Linate disaster

Fifth Edition of the “Degree Award in memory of the victims of the Linate disaster of 8 October 2001”

Tuesday 12 November 2019, at 11.00 am

Sala dell’Orologio – Palazzo Marino (P.zza della Scala )

the award ceremony


Luca Bertoni (Polytechnic of Milan) and Maria Sanna (University of Sassari) are the two young graduates who this year won two scholarships, worth 5,000 euros each, set up by the Municipality of Milan to honor the memory and keep alive the memory of missing persons in the 18-year-old plane crash in Linate.

The winners will be selected by a commission composed of the Director of the Productive Activities and Trade Area of the Municipality of Milan and experts chosen by the Foundation on October 8th 2001 from university professors and consultants on civil flight safety.



Dott. Luca Bertoni for the Master’s Degree thesis: “Design and execution of a crash test with subfloor and absorption seat for helicopters”. The candidate treated a specific and uncommon topic: the prevention of in-flight helicopter injuries through the design of underfloor and absorption seats. The topic is certainly pertinent and, at the same time, original. Not only. It deals systematically and in a unitary manner with the two areas of the announcement: safety and prevention. Moreover, the candidate moves with particular competence through the study of the analysis carried out on the accidents that have occurred exclusively in terms of just culture, resuming the analyzes to identify solutions for the sole purpose of prevention “.

Dr. Maria Sanna for the Master’s Degree thesis: “The aeronautical investigations”. The candidate has developed a thesis focused on the technical investigations of aeronautical accidents. The work done is undoubtedly of excellent quality, pertinent to the call for tenders as it focuses both on safety (commendably indicating the safety principle linked to just culture) and on prevention. Of particular value is the current reference to the agreements entered into between ANSV and the Public Prosecutor’s Offices for the resolution of the relations between technical inquiry and judicial inquiry “.


“With this initiative, now in its fifth edition, the Administration’s will is to contribute to developing a new conception and preparation with regard to the delicate issue of civil flight safety – says the Councilor for Labor Policies, Production Activities and Commerce Cristina Tajani -. I hope that the awarded works will encourage dialogue between professionals, institutions and the university world so that 8 October 2001 is not just a date to remember but a warning for every air transport operator “.