Ninety six-people were killed when two Boeing 727 jets crashed within 12 hours of each other in the United States on Monday (2 December).
Ninety six-people were killed when two Boeing 727 jets crashed within 12 hours of each other in the United States on Monday (2 December). Both aircraft went down during a raging gale, int heavily wooded countryside.
In the first disaster, a Transworld Airlines Boeing ploughed into a fog-shrouded mountain as it began its final approach to Washington's Dulles Airport.
All 93 people on board -- 86 passengers and seven crew -- were killed as the aircraft sheered off the top of tal trees, bounced across a road and disintegrated against rocks near Upperville in Virginia.
Late on Monday night, a lone policeman found the wreckage of the second airliner, 40 miles (60 kms) north of New York.
The aircraft was reported missing after its pilot screamed over the radio that he was in a spin. This aircraft, chartered form North West Airlines, was carrying only three crew, all of whom were killed.
The flight recorders of both aircraft have been recovered. Investigations have begun to determine the cause of the crashes.