• Short Summary

    All 155 people aboard a chartered Spanish airliner were killed when the aircraft crashed on take-off from airfield at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, on Sunday (3 December).

  • Description

    All 155 people aboard a chartered Spanish airliner were killed when the aircraft crashed on take-off from airfield at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, on Sunday (3 December).

    The airliner, a four-engined Convair-990 jet, was carrying 148 West German passenger home to Munich after a holiday cruise. Six of the crew were Spanish and the other was German.

    The crash, one of Spain's worst, occurred as the airliner reached the end of the runway. It plunged to the ground in flames.

    The crash victims had ben part of a group of tourist who arrived on Saturday (2 December) aboard a cruise ship. The rest of the party were flying home later in the day.

    Some families were split by flight arrangements, and one man who flew home with the second party was reported to have lost his wife, father, mother and sister in the crash.

    The Spanish Air Ministry has ordered an investigation into the disaster, and a German team of experts was flying to the crash scene.

    SYNOPSIS: Tragedy at Santa Cruz de Tenerife airport, in the Canary Island, with the crash of a chartered Spanish airliner carrying one-hundred-and-forty-eight West German tourists and a crew of seven. All aboard were killed when the Convair jet plunged to the ground in flames seconds after take-off on Sunday.

    The crash victims were among a party of two-hundred-and-fifty tourists who arrived in Tenerife by cruise ship on Saturday. The rest of the party were flying home to Munich later in the day. Some families were split by flight arrangements, and one man in the second party was reported to have lost his wife, father, mother and sister in the crash.

    The Spanish Air Ministry has ordered an investigation into the disaster... one of the worst in Spain's air history.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA26EU91WCHU20WBX8ZMWL85U8B
    Media URN:
    VLVA26EU91WCHU20WBX8ZMWL85U8B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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