• Short Summary

    As many as 70 people are feared dead and approximately 36 seriously injured after a charter airliner crashed shortly after taking off from Hamburg tonight (6 September) bound for Malaga with 114 passengers and a crew of seven on board.

  • Description

    As many as 70 people are feared dead and approximately 36 seriously injured after a charter airliner crashed shortly after taking off from Hamburg tonight (6 September) bound for Malaga with 114 passengers and a crew of seven on board.

    Eye-witnesses said the aircraft, a British-built twin jet British Aircraft Corporation (B.A.C) l-ll, appeared to have exploded in mid air as the plot attempted to make an emergency lading on an autobahn.

    Two and a half after the crash. rescuers were still scouring the area in a desperate search for survivors or bodies. Airport fire engines and 15 rescue tenders raced down the autobahn to the scene of the crash, and hundreds of volunteer firemen from near-by villages came to the scene to assist.

    Early reports indicate that many passengers may have had an amazing escape form serious injury.

    This film, shot by the German Television network ARD, was injected into the Eurovision circuit within two hours of the crash and telerecorded by VISNEWS.

    SYNOPSIS: In West Germany, as many as 70 were feared to have died on Monday night when an airliner with a hundred-and-twenty-on people on board, crashed on to an autobahn shortly after taking off from Hamburg. The aircraft, a British-built BAC l-ll belonging to a German airline, was on a charter flight to Malaga in Spain with 114 holiday-makers and a crew of seven.

    Eye-witnesses said the airliner appeared to have exploded in mid air as the pilot who survived the crash, attempted to put the aircraft down on the autobahn. Wreckage was strewn over a wide area. The blaze from the crash lit up the countryside as columns of black smoke rose over the scene. Hundreds of local volunteers firemen from near-by villages rushed to the scene to assist fire tenders and ambulances which had raced down the autobahn from the airport.

    Rescue workers scoured the area for survivors or bodies among the wreckage which was scattered over several square miles (kms). West German Transport Minister Georg Leber has ordered an immediate investigation into the disaster -- the first civil airliner crash in West Germany since 1968, when a British Eagle Viscount crashed on the Munich-Nuremberg autobahn, killing 48 people. In London, it was announced soon after the crash that British Aircraft Corporation experts would six other BAC l-ll's have crashed since aircraft was introduced.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4GWUXC8956K5SLVU3G1YX4JI4
    Media URN:
    VLVA4GWUXC8956K5SLVU3G1YX4JI4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/09/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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