• Short Summary

    A CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS CONVAIR-880 JET PLANE PLUNGED INTO HONGKONG HARBOUR ON TAKE-OFF FROM KAI TAK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) -- AND ALL BUT ONE OF THE 127 PEOPLE ON BOARD SURVIVED THE CRASH.

  • Description

    A CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS CONVAIR-880 JET PLANE PLUNGED INTO HONGKONG HARBOUR ON TAKE-OFF FROM KAI TAK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) -- AND ALL BUT ONE OF THE 127 PEOPLE ON BOARD SURVIVED THE CRASH.

    THE FUSELAGE OF THE AIRCRAFT WAS STILL AFLOAT MORE THAN AN HOUR AFTER THE SAIGON-BOUND JET HIT THE WATER AFTER OVER-RUNNING THE RUNWAY, WHICH JUST ABOUT 8,000 FEET OUT INTO THE HARBOUR FROM THE KOWLOON PENINSULA.

    HELICOPTERS, LAUNCHING AND CRANE BARGES CONVERGED ON THE FLOATING AIRLINER TO RESCUE SURVIVORS.

    THE NOSE OF THE AIRCRAFT SNAPPED OFF ON IMPACT AND SANK, BUT THE MAIN SECTION OF THE FUSELAGE APPEARED INTACT.

    ONE WOMAN PASSENGER DIED IN THE CRASH. THIRTY-TWO OF THE SURVIVORS WERE ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES. THE REMAINDER WERE SUFFERING FROM ONLY MINOR INJURIES OR SHOCK.

    SURVIVORS SAID THE PILOT APPARENTLY TRIED TO STOP THE PLANE BEFORE HE REACHED THE END OF THE RUNWAY, REVERSING THE ENGINES, BUT THE BIG JET SKIDDED OFF THE RUNWAY END OF THE MAN-MADE PROMONTORY.

    THE AIRPORT WAS CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CRASH BUT WAS RE-OPENED ABOUT AN HOUR LATER AFTER ALL SURVIVORS HAD BEEN BROUGHT ASHORE.

    ALTHOUGH A STORM SIGNAL WAS HOISTED OVER THE HARBOUR WITH TYPHOON EMMA ABOUT ??? MILES SOUTHEAST OF HONGKONG, SEAS NEAR THE CRASH SCENE WERE REASONABLY CALM AND DID NOT INTERFERE WITH RESCUE OPERATIONS.

    THE PLANE WAS CARRYING 116 PASSENGERS AND A CREW OF 11. ALL THE CREW SURVIVED, OFFICIALS SAID.

    THE SURVIVORS, NOW BOOKED IN A HOTEL, INCLUDE MRS. AND MRS. HOWARD HORTON, OF OKLAHOMA, THE UNTIED STATES. THE SAIGON-BOUND COUPLE SAID THE PILOT ACTED "MARVELLOUSLY".

    "IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE PILOT, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN REAL TROUBLE", MR. HORTON SAID.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1MMKPJ1W8F1B2PVPC8CX4SXQJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1MMKPJ1W8F1B2PVPC8CX4SXQJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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