• Short Summary

    Explosions and fire wrecked an Air Canada DC-8 Transcontinental jet and injured two ground crewmen at Toronto International Airport while the plane was being refuelled for a flight to Vienna on Thursday (21 June).

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    Explosions and fire wrecked an Air Canada DC-8 Transcontinental jet and injured two ground crewmen at Toronto International Airport while the plane was being refuelled for a flight to Vienna on Thursday (21 June).

    At least three blasts are reported to have ripped through he eight-million US dollars (three-and-a-half-million sterling) jet. First reports indicated that two people had been killed as well as two injured, but an airline spokesman said eight members of the flight crew were on board at the time of the explosion but escaped unharmed. A number of ground technicians were also around the aircraft at the time of the first explosion.

    The first blast happened only ten-minutes before 120 passengers were due to board the plane for a flight to Vienna.

    The cause of the blast and ensuing fire, which totally destroyed the four-engined jetliner and the tanker fuelling it, was not immediately known but an investigation was quickly launched by the airline and the Canadian Government.

    SYNOPSIS: Explosions and fire wrecked an Air Canada DC-8 Transcontinental jet and injured two ground crewmen at Toronto International Airport on Thursday. The plane was being refuelled for a flight to Vienna when an explosion followed by at least two more blasts ripped through the eight-million-dollar jetliner. Miraculously eight members of the flight crew who were on board when it exploded escaped uninjured.

    Several ground technicians were also in the vicinity of the aircraft when it exploded. the first blast occurred only 10-minutes before 120 passengers were due on board. The cause of the blast and ensuing fire, which totally destroyed the four engined jetliner and the tanker fuelling it was not immediately known but an investigation was quickly mounted by the airline and the Canadian Government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4206XK9TH3HP5YFX1ZLE184VY
    Media URN:
    VLVA4206XK9TH3HP5YFX1ZLE184VY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/06/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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