• Short Summary

    In Cardiff May 6 VISNEWS filmed firemen training their hoses on the burning wreckage of a twin-engined aircraft.

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    In Cardiff May 6 VISNEWS filmed firemen training their hoses on the burning wreckage of a twin-engined aircraft.

    Avoiding ??? stadium, crowded with 600 grammar schoolboys attending their annual sports day, the twin engined de Havilland 'Dovs' aircraft nose-dived into the main Merthyr-Cardiff road and crashed on a parked van. A few seconds afterwards it burst into flames. The pilot and three others on board were killed.

    Flames burst from the fuselage and quickly enveloped the aircraft, making possible rescue attempts futile. Petrol from its tanks spilled over the roadway and ran towards the pumps of nearby filling station. Firemen were quickly on the scene and soon had the flames under control.

    Eyewitnesses say the pilot deliberately crashed into the roadway to avoid disaster both in the stadium and on a nearby housing estates.

    The plane just finished a low level flying salute over a hall at nearby Sophia Gardens, where the Lord Mayor of Cardiff was taking the salute at a military march past at the opening of a Welsh Ideal Homes Exhibition. A 'flying showroom', the aircraft was owned by a refrigeration company exhibiting at the Exhibition.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7Q0NMB249RNS1VNSVPR9TX5T0
    Media URN:
    VLVA7Q0NMB249RNS1VNSVPR9TX5T0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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