• Short Summary

    Shortly after the announcement that hostilities had broken out between Israeli and Arab forces in Syria and Egypt, Beirut airport began a steady rundown of activity until at 1645 local time the last aircraft on the tarmac, of Czechoslovakian Airlines, took off leaving the runways- normally the busiest in the Middle East completely deserted.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Beirut Airport building, exterior from approach road


    2.
    Outgoing passengers arrive at main airport entrance


    3.
    Guards Infront airport gate


    4.
    Airport runway


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    Czechoslovak 'plane takes off, last to leave before closedown and runway empty afterwards


    6.
    Guards marching on empty runways


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    Empty runway, an to idle aircraft steps


    8.
    Army truck passes through empty runways


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    People waiting on balcony overlooking runways


    10.
    Loaded baggage trucks stranded on runway awaiting airport re-opening.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Shortly after the announcement that hostilities had broken out between Israeli and Arab forces in Syria and Egypt, Beirut airport began a steady rundown of activity until at 1645 local time the last aircraft on the tarmac, of Czechoslovakian Airlines, took off leaving the runways- normally the busiest in the Middle East completely deserted. Stranded passengers waited anxiously for news of their now-delayed flights. At the time of writing the airport is still completely deserted (1800 hrs, local). 'The airport has not officially closed' a spokesman just said, 'But all flights are being diverted for the time being'.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1OK81IF772VXOZZXCY1QC4LDR
    Media URN:
    VLVA1OK81IF772VXOZZXCY1QC4LDR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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