• Short Summary

    Aviation experts are still investigating the disaster at Teheran's Mehrabad Airport on Friday (15 March) when 15 people died and 51 were injured after a Danish Caravelle airliner caught fire as it was about to take off.

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    Aviation experts are still investigating the disaster at Teheran's Mehrabad Airport on Friday (15 March) when 15 people died and 51 were injured after a Danish Caravelle airliner caught fire as it was about to take off.

    Thirty escaped unhurt when the chartered Caravelle of Sterling Airways caught fire as it taxied for take off to Copenhagen. Most of the crew were Danes, Swedes and Norwegians returning home from a two week tour of the Far East.

    A much greater tragedy was probably averted by Teheran's Air Traffic Controllers who spotted the fire in the back of the aircraft and radioed the captain to stop.

    Iran's Civil Aviation Minister, Houshang Arbarbi, said the accident was caused by a failure in the airliners hydraulic system. He said decreased pressure in the system must have drawn a wheel in, causing one wing, containing a fuel tank to hit the runway. Sparks caused by the friction set the plane on fire, he commented.

    All doors except the emergency exits were jammed. The injured are in five Teheran hospitals, many with burns and some with broken legs and twisted ankles sustained when they jumped from the blazing airliner.

    The dead were eight Swedes and seven Danes, but their names had not been released by Saturday. The Caravelle had only stopped at Teheran for refuelling and a full passenger list was not available.

    But both the pilot, Captain Lief Jorgensen and his co-pilot got out of the plane safely.

    The crash scene was visited on Friday by the Iranian Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda.

    SYNOPSIS: At Teheran's Mehrabad Airport on Friday, firemen sprayed the runway by the burnt-out wreckage of the Danish Caravelle in which fifteen people died and fifty one were injured.

    The airliners, bound for Copenhagen, caught fire taxiing along the runway after a fuelling stop in Teheran. A worse tragedy was probably averted by the Teheran air traffic controllers.

    They saw the fire in the back of the aircraft and radiod the captain to stop. Thirty people managed to get out of the aircraft unhurt. Many of the injured are in hospital with burns - others with broken legs and twisted ankles after jumping from the blazing plane.

    Later the Iranian Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda inspected the crash scene as the investigation into the causes of the accident began.

    Iran's Civil Aviation Minister Houshang Arbarbi said the disaster was caused by a failure in the plane's hydraulic system. Deceased pressure must have drawn a wheel in. And a wing containing a fuel tank hit the runway. Friction sparks set the plane on fire, said the Minister.

    The dead were eight Swedes and seven Danes. Most of the other passengers were Scandanavian. They were all returning from a two-week tour of the Far East.

    Luckiest of tall were Captain Lief Jorgensen and his co-pilot who both escaped uninjured.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7IQIE9RVNB9V1PSN2Z8UDGOO2
    Media URN:
    VLVA7IQIE9RVNB9V1PSN2Z8UDGOO2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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