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    In Argentina, the death toll from the crash of an airliner carrying honeymoon couples has risen to 46.

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    In Argentina, the death toll from the crash of an airliner carrying honeymoon couples has risen to 46. Forty-five people were killed when the crash happened on Monday (21 November). One of the survivors died in hospital on Wednesday (23 November).

    SYNOPSIS: The plane, a chartered BAC-111 belonging to Argentina's domestic Austral Airlines, was on a flight from the capital, Buenos Aires, to the ski resort of Bariloche when it crashed. The wreckage of the BAC-111 was strewn over a wide area. The aircraft ploughed along 300 metres of rugged mountainside before coming to a halt. It lost its nose and tail, but did not catch fire.

    It crashed as it tried to land in bad weather. The plane had earlier tried to land at Bariloche-1,000 miles (1,700kms) south west of Buenos Aires, but was diverted to nearby Neuquen because of heavy rain and poor visibility.

    But it also proved impossible to land there, and the pilot flew back to Bariloche, which is close to the snow-land Andean peaks. The survivors were in one part of the wreckage which was about 19 miles (30km) from the ski resort.

    Officials had first feared that all 74 passengers and five crew were killed. But police who struggled in high winds and sub-zero temperatures to reach the wreck found 34 survivors. They were taken to hospital in military and civil transport.

    Some of the survivors were still critically ill in hospital in Bariloche. Nearly all aboard were Argentine nationals-most of them honeymoon couples. The only foreigners among passengers were said to be two Brazilians and two Uruguayans.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5R05Z8UZ672RF79V94H56ZEK4
    Media URN:
    VLVA5R05Z8UZ672RF79V94H56ZEK4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/11/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
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    N/A

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