Modena, Italy - (Corriere Parmigiano Regiano): A Lockheed C-5c Galaxy has been chartered from the US Air Force to airlift Luciano Pavarotti's cremated remains.
The famous Italian tenor's ashes will then be scattered over Mount Etna according to a statement issued by the 71 year old's family following his death at home in Modena this morning.
The ashes will be strewn over the famous volcanic mountain, just as soon as it has calmed down and stopped spewing out lava.
"Of course the ashes might also serve to douse down the volcano's belchings," an Italian seismology survey source said today.
The C-5c Galaxy variant cargo plane has been chosen for its extraordinary payload capabilities which exceed even those of nearest rival, the Boeing 747-400ER.
It will fly in to Modena, Italy from its NASA-chartered station at Travis Air Force Base in California at the weekend after undergoinf additional inspections to determine if the unusual payload will not exceed its current capabilities.
More news expected later in the week.