• Short Summary

    A FEW MINUTES AFTER TAKING OFF FROM SHANNON AIRPORT IN EIRE, SEPT 10, A DC-6 AIRLINER OF PRESIDENTIAL AIRLINES CRASHED INTO THE ESTUARY OF THE RIVER SHANNON KILLING ALL 77 PASSENGERS AND THE CREW OF SIX.

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    A FEW MINUTES AFTER TAKING OFF FROM SHANNON AIRPORT IN EIRE, SEPT 10, A DC-6 AIRLINER OF PRESIDENTIAL AIRLINES CRASHED INTO THE ESTUARY OF THE RIVER SHANNON KILLING ALL 77 PASSENGERS AND THE CREW OF SIX. THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON ITS WAY FROM DUSSELDORF TO CHICAGO.

    ALTHOUGH NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED IT IS KNOWN THAT 65 OF THE PASSENGERS WERE GERMANS ON THEIR WAY TO AN EXHIBITION OF MACHINERY IN CHICAGO. THERE WERE ALSO 8 AUSTRIANS, TWO DUTCH AND TWO SWISS ABOARD.

    A BANK OFF FOG HUNG OVER THE RIVER AS THE AIRCRAFT LEFT THE RUNWAY. AIRPORT WORKERS HEARD THE ENGINES CUT OUT AND THEN A GREAT THUD AS THE MACHINE HIT THE WATERS OF THE ESTUARY. THERE WAS NO EXPLOSION. IMMEDIATELY SIRENS SCREAMED AND RESCUE WORKERS IN LAUNCHES AND BOATS RACED TO WHERE THE AIRCRAFT HAD COME DOWN. THE RESEARCH WAS HAMPERED BY FOG, AND IT TOOK TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TAIL SECTION WAS FOUND STICKING OUT OF THE WATER.

    A BADLY INJURED SURVIVOR WAS HAULED INTO ONE OF THE BOATS AND GIVEN BRANDY. SHE THANKED THE MAN WHO SAVED HER BEFORE FALLING BACK UNCONSCIOUS. SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE FROM THE AIRCRAFT SEEN ALIVE, BUT SHE LATER DIED WITHOUT REGAINING CONSCIOUSNESS.

    MIST MADE THE RECOVERY OF THE BODIES DIFFICULT, BUT BY THE TIME RESCUE OPERATIONS HAD TO BE SUSPENDED DUE TO THE TIDE 63 BODIES HAD BEEN FOUND. WHEN THE TIDE WAS OUT RESCUERS HAD TO MADE THROUGH DEEP MUD FOR ABOUT TWO MILES TO REACH THE WRECKAGE.

    SINCE 1945 WHEN SHANNON AIRPORT WAS OPENED THERE HAVE BEEN SIX MAJOR AIR CRASHES IN THE VICINITY. THE MOST SERIOUS PREVIOUSLY WAS IN 1948, WHEN A PAN-AMERICAN WORLD AIRWAYS CONSTELLATION CRASHED AND KILLED 30. IN AUGUST 1958, 99 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES IN A K.L.M. SUPER-CONSTELLATION WHICH CRASHED INTO THE SEA BETWEEN 60 TO 90 MILES FROM THE AIRPORT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3TGFCDGHO9YRHEY5BAQ14EWIG
    Media URN:
    VLVA3TGFCDGHO9YRHEY5BAQ14EWIG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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