A Fairchild F227 turboprop aircraft belonging to Mohawk Airlines crashed into a two-storey building on Friday night (March 3) as it was making an instrument approach to the airport of Albany, the Capital of New York State.
SV Rescuers around wreckage at night (3 shots)
LV Tail of aircraft jutting out of house ZOOM OUT TO GV (2 shots)
SV Part of fuselage inside house
GV People watching
GV PAN from next-door to wreckage & investigators (2 shots)
Initials SGM/ 18.26 SGM/1833
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Background: A Fairchild F227 turboprop aircraft belonging to Mohawk Airlines crashed into a two-storey building on Friday night (March 3) as it was making an instrument approach to the airport of Albany, the Capital of New York State. On board were 44 passengers and a crew of three - thirty of whom miraculously survived the crash, along with a family of four who were in the house and crawled out with minor bruises and scratches.
Among the 17 known killed were the pilot and co-pilot.
One other man is believed to have been killed on the first floor of the house. Casualties are reported to be so low because the aircraft did not catch fire after crashing.
The two flight recorders (black boxes) of the aircraft have been recovered from the wreckage and investigators hope to be able to discover the cause of the disaster from their recordings.
SYNOPSIS: Rescuers searching for survivors among the wreckage of an aircraft and house or Friday night in Albany - the Capital of New York State. The aircraft, belonging to the interstate Mohawk Airlines, crashed as it was coming in on an instrument landing. (PAUSE) Rescuers - on the scene within minutes - were amazed to find that thirty-four people had miraculously survived, (PAUSE) Of the seventeen dead, two were the pilot and co-pilot, fourteen were passengers, and one had been on the ???op floor of the two-storey house. (PAUSE) A family of four living on the lower floor, crawled out with only minor bruises and scratches - and considerable shock, (PAUSE) The low number of casualties is attributed primarily to the fact that the aircraft did not catch fire on impact; and, also, because it was already flying low to land - thus avoiding the usual disintegration of crashing from a high altitude. Investigators have recovered the two flight recorders - black boxes - of the aircraft, and hope to discover the cause of the disaster from their recording.