In Canada 41 people were killed when a domestic airliner crashed on Saturday (11 February) at Cranbrook airport, east of Vancouver in British Columbia.
AV: scene of crash
GV: news conference (2 shots)
SV: official spokesman speaking to press.
GV: snow plough on runway.
GV: airport building (3 shots)
GV AND SV: burnt out wreckage of aircraft (6 shots)
HOATH: "The bodies of Captain Chris Miles and his co-pilot remain in the burned out cockpit until investigators can recover the flight recorder-the black box-which would tell us why flight 314 aborted what it seems was routine landing. One possible explanation came today at the-the company confirmed at a news conference that an airport snowplough was seen at the runway as their 737 touched down."
SPOKESMAN: "Our company personnel actually saw snowblower on the runway."
REPORTER: "Where did they see it?"
REPORTER: "Where was it?"
SPOKESMAN: "Approximately in the middle of the runway."
REPORTER: "And what did they see as the aircraft approached that location on the runway?"
SPOKESMAN: "They saw the snowblower on the runway and the aircraft touching down the runway."
REPORTER: "And did they see.... it take off again (indistinct)?"
SPOKESMAN: "From there on, the, the evidence becomes very hazy and cannot be ascertained at this stage."
REPORTER: "How that snowplough came to be on the runway when a scheduled flight was coming in is unexplained. This is a city airport; has no control tower. A single radio operator keeps contact with aircraft, and ground vehicles but apparently has no responsibility for controlling their movements. Airport officials are saying nothing. The death toll in the crash rose to 41 today with recovery of a baby's body from the burned out wreckage. Police continued to search for clues to confirm the identities of the dead. The bodies meanwhile are stored in a hanger at the airport."
A 19-year-old student, David White, walked away virtually unscathed from the wreck. He said afterwards that he was sitting at the very back-"as far back as I could have got". He added that he returned to the wreckage to rescue a little girl whom he had heard crying.
REPORTER: COLIN HOATH
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Background: In Canada 41 people were killed when a domestic airliner crashed on Saturday (11 February) at Cranbrook airport, east of Vancouver in British Columbia. Seven people, who were seated in the tail section of the Boeing 737, survived the crash. The plane, belonging to Pacific Western Airlines, was on a flight from Calgary to Vancouver. It crashed when attempting to avoid a snowblower on the runway, as Colin Hoath, of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, reports.