• Short Summary

    A BLAZING CARAVELLE AIRLINER SWOOPED OUT OF A MISTY SKY OVER SWITZERLAND TODAY (WEDNESDAY), SLICED THE ROOF OFF A HOUSE AND EXPLODED IN A POTATO FIELD, KILLING ALL 80 PEOPLE ABOARD.

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    A BLAZING CARAVELLE AIRLINER SWOOPED OUT OF A MISTY SKY OVER SWITZERLAND TODAY (WEDNESDAY), SLICED THE ROOF OFF A HOUSE AND EXPLODED IN A POTATO FIELD, KILLING ALL 80 PEOPLE ABOARD. THE TWIN-ENGINED SWISSAIR PLANE DISINTEGRATED FIVE MINUTES AFTER TAKE-OFF, AND FRAGMENTS OF WRECKAGE, BODIES AND LUGGAGE WERE HURLED OVER A WIDE AREA NEAR DUERRENAESCH, NORTHERN SWITZERLAND.

    EYEWITNESSES SAID THE PLANE - AN A FLIGHT FROM ZURICH TO ROME VIA GENEVA - CAUGHT FIRE IN THE AIR, AND BEGAN TO BREAK UP BEFORE IT HIT THE GROUND. IT JUST KISSED A FARM-HOUSE, THOUGH THE ROOF WAS CUT OFF. A MAN IN THE HOUSE ESCAPED WITHOUT A SCRATCH. THE PLANE'S 74 PASSENGERS AND SIX CREW DIED INSTANTLY.

    RESCUE-WORKERS SIFTING THROUGH THE SMOULDERING WRECKAGE STUCK TINY WHITE PENNANTS INTO THE GROUND TO MARK WHERE HUMAN FRAGMENTS WERE FOUND. AMBULANCES WERE SOON ON THE CRASH SCENE, BUT THE PEOPLE WHO NEEDED HELP AND COMFORT WERE FAR AWAY - THE RELATIVES. ESPECIALLY PERHAPS THE PEOPLE OF HUMLIKON, THE TINY SWISS HAMLET WHICH LOST 22 MARRIED COUPLES OF ITS 200 INHABITANTS. EVERYONE THERE WAS LOST A RELATIVE - AND THERE ARE NOW 26 ORPHANS IN THE VILLAGE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5BCKPHSJQYTS500NQAIPH7Z8Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA5BCKPHSJQYTS500NQAIPH7Z8Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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