• Short Summary

    Investigations are continuing into the cause of an air crash that killed more than fifty people at Bangkok airport on Christmas day.

  • Description

    Investigations are continuing into the cause of an air crash that killed more than fifty people at Bangkok airport on Christmas day.

    The air crash occurred as an Egyptian airliner on route from Saudi Arabia to Tokyo, attempted to land in heavy fog during the early hours of Christmas morning.

    Eye witnesses have told official investigators that the airliner appeared to approach the runway too low and ploughed into a factory exploding over paddy fields at the end of the tarmac.

    Egyptian Airline officials have arrived in Bangkok to assist in the investigations into the cause of the disaster.

    The textile factory was completely destroyed by the force of the impact. Thai officials said three factory workers had been confirmed dead and seventeen others were still missing, believed dead. Reuters News Agency reports that the death toll within the factory would have been much higher except that many of the two hundred men on the night shift were taking a break when the plane smashed into the roof.

    A spokesman for the factory said a preliminary estimate of the damage could amount to more than five million US dollars.

    Passengers aboard the airliner included several Japanese, Malaysians and a group of Thais returning from a pilgrimage to the Moslem holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6WARJ9B93ZL0NHBU0CX4VK5QZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6WARJ9B93ZL0NHBU0CX4VK5QZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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