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A cinquant’anni dalla tragica scomparsa, Maglie ha ricordato il capitano Elio Nisi

A cinquant’anni dalla tragica scomparsa, Maglie ha ricordato il capitano Elio Nisi

Moriva cinquant’anni fa, nel tentativo di compiere un atterraggio di fortuna nei pressi del Lago Tanganica, nell’ex Congo belga, il magliese Elio Nisi, capitano dell’aeronautica militare.

L’amministrazione, lo scorso 17 novembre, ha deciso di commemorare lo sfortunato aviere con una cerimonia sobria e solenne presso il cimitero comunale, alla presenza di autorità militari e civili, di parenti e di amici che, come ha ricordato il sindaco Antonio Fitto, “conobbero e apprezzarono il valore del capitano Elio Nisi, rimanendo profondamente sgomenti di fronte a una tragedia così grande”. L’Onu a metà degli anni ’60 aveva dato il via alla missione Onu per porre rimedio alla crisi del Congo: l’intenzione era quella di garantire l’integrità territoriale e l’indipendenza del paese e permettere l’arrivo di aiuti umanitari. Dalla data di inizio dell’Operazione Congo, cioè dal 22 agosto 1960 al 19 giugno 1962 l’aviazione militare italiana con i suoi aeroplani trasportò in condizioni operativamente difficili e rischiose, truppe e materiali, perdendo ben 21 uomini e tre velivoli. La tragedia del Lago Tanganica avvenne a pochi giorni di distanza dalla terribile strage passata alla storia come “eccidio di Kindu” in cui tredici aviatori anch’essi appartenenti alla 46ª Brigata aerea a bordo del C-119, “Lyra 5” in volo umanitario, furono catturati dai locali, torturati e massacrati barbaramente. Il 17 novembre 1961 il velivolo C-119, “Lyra 10” alla cui guida era proprio il capitano Nisi, sorvolando a Kakungwi nei pressi del Lago Tanganica, ebbe un’avaria che costrinse l’equipaggio ad un atterraggio di emergenza.

La manovra, compiuta alla perfezione, fu vanificata dalla presenza tra le fronde di una profonda buca nella quale si andò a incastrare il carrello dell’aereo. La collisione con il terreno fu inevitabile causando la morte dello stesso capitano Nisi, del maresciallo Giovanni de Risi, del motorista maresciallo Tommaso Fondi e del marconista maresciallo Giuseppe Saglimbeni. Il resto dell’equipaggio e tre passeggeri dell’Onu, feriti, saranno recuperati due giorni dopo. La cerimonia si è conclusa con la deposizione, da parte del sindaco e del comandante dell’aeronautica di Galatina, Maurizio Colonna, di una corona nella cappella di famiglia dell’aviere magliese. A Elio Nisi è intitolata una strada nella zona Palicella.

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