All 72 people on board a "Boeing 707" jetliner were killed Feb 15 when the plane crashed in flames when coming in to land at Brussels, Belgium.
All 72 people on board a "Boeing 707" jetliner were killed Feb 15 when the plane crashed in flames when coming in to land at Brussels, Belgium. A farm worker was also killed as the blazing wreckage was hurled over fields and a wood. The 61 passengers in the plane included the 17 members and the coach of the United States figure-skating team going to compete in the world championships at Prague.
The jet - on a flight from New York, USA - belonged to Sabena Belgian Airlines. Radio contact was suddenly lost when the plane was about ten miles from the airport. It overshot the runway, returned, and appeared over the hamlet of Berg, losing height rapidly. The pilot apparently tried to find an open space: he missed a house by 20 yards and came down in a field of corrugated-iron chicory shelters three miles from the runway.
It was immediately enveloped in a sheet of flame ... a great cloud of smoke rose from the wreck. Villagers spoke of a "terrible explosion" as it hit the ground. King Baudouin visited the scene of the crash, and he tried to shield Queen Fabiola's face as bodies were carried away.
An inquiry into the tragic end of Flight 548 has already begun.