• Short Summary

    A holiday charter aircraft crashed in mountains east of the Moroccan port of Tangier, on Saturday (December 23) killing 98 passengers and the crew of seven.

  • Description

    A holiday charter aircraft crashed in mountains east of the Moroccan port of Tangier, on Saturday (December 23) killing 98 passengers and the crew of seven.

    The twin-engine Caravelle aircraft -- owned by a Belgian charter company, Sobelair, a subsidiary of the Belgian airline, Sabena -- crashed in the Rif Mountains on a flight from Paris to Tangier. There were storms and heavy rain over the Moroccan capital, and the pilot reported not being able to see the runway.

    The aircraft hit a high mountain five miles (8 kms) from the nearest mountain track and a search party took almost a day to reach the scene. The search party found no survivors, and reported that the wreckage was scattered over a wide area of steep, rocky terrain.

    More than sixty of the passengers were Moroccans, emigrant workers and students, returning home for the holidays. The other passengers were mostly French. They were bound for Tangier and Casablanca.

    It was the fourth major aircrash in a week, and the worst ever in Morocco. The Moroccan Government immediately set up a Commission of Inquiry.

    The crash brought the total number of people killed in air disasters in 1973 to 1,200. In 1972, 2,000 people died in air disasters.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA76W5G3ORT6N77XBJIGV1W2T25
    Media URN:
    VLVA76W5G3ORT6N77XBJIGV1W2T25
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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