Nine people died at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in the United States on Wednesday (20 December) when North Central Airlines DC-9 struck the tail section of a taxiing aircraft, while taking off.
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"The collision occurred as the North Central Airlines DC-9 was taking off a flight to Madison, Wisconsin. Shortly after its wheels left the ground the plane struck the tail section of a Delta 880 Convair which had just landed from Tampa. Survivors who were aboard the North Central plane said the jetliner swerved after the impact and crashed back on to the runway in flames. One of the survivors said the passenger section of the plane quickly filled with smoke. He grabbed his 15-year-old son and crawled through an emergency exit. At this hour firemen and rescue workers are still on the scene at Chicago's O'Hare Airport looking for several people still reported missing. All the fatalities were aboard the North Central plane. Two passengers aboard the Delta airliner were treated for minor injuries. There was heavy ground fog at the time of the crash and operations at the airport had been curtailed for several hours before the collision. This was the second major plane crash in Chicago this month. The earlier crash near Midway Airport claimed 45 lives. John Palmer, N.B.C. News, Chicago."
Nine people died at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in the United States on Wednesday night when an airliner taking off struck the tail section of a taxiing aircraft. A North Central Airlines DC-Nine with 45 people aboard had its wings tore off as it careered several hundred yards down the runway. Rescue workers worked through the foggy night to release survivors trapped in the wreckage. Fifteen passengers aboard the DC-Nine were injured while two of the ninety-three passengers in the Convair were hurt.
Investigators of the United States Federal Aviation Administration said the Delta aircraft, taxiing to the terminal, was in part of the airport where it should not have been. They reported that they were waiting to interview the ground controller who had collapsed in a "state of shock" following the crash.
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Background: Nine people died at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in the United States on Wednesday (20 December) when North Central Airlines DC-9 struck the tail section of a taxiing aircraft, while taking off.
The wings of the DC-9 were town off as the aircraft careered several hundred feet along the runway and burst into flames. Seventeen people were injured in the crash--15 aboard the DC-9 and two aboard the taxiing Delta Airlines Convair 880, carrying 93 passengers.
Investigators of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Delta aircraft, on its way to the terminal, was taxiing in the wrong part of the airfield.
The ground controller who was supervising the Delta aircraft at the time was reported to be in a "state of collapse" following the accident.