Thirty-five people were killed yesterday (Monday 18 January) when a Russian-built Bulgarian airliner crashed on the edge of Zurich airport, Switzerland.
GTV Smoking debris
SV Upturned under-carriage
LV ZOOM into CU coffin
SV Policeman standing over coffin
GV Part of wing
GV and CUs Debris (4 shots)
LV and CU Engine
GTV PAN Wreckage (5 shots)
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Background: Thirty-five people were killed yesterday (Monday 18 January) when a Russian-built Bulgarian airliner crashed on the edge of Zurich airport, Switzerland.
The four-engined turbo-prop aircraft, carrying 37 people including two children and the crew, was making an instrument approach in thick fog after a flight from Paris. Eyewitnesses said the aircraft, an Ilyushin 18, hit the ground with its left wing and left wheel, which were torn off by the impact about 700 yards (700 metres) from the main runway. The rest of the airliner ploughed on several hundred yards (metres) and overturned, ripping off another wing and catching fire.
The two survivors were the pilot and a twelve-year-old boy, who were thrown clear in the crash. Both were taken to hospital. The boy was seriously injured, and doctors had to sew an ear back onto the pilot. A woman was also taken to hospital, but she died of her injuries.
Swiss soldiers have mounted guard over the wreckage as officials attempt to recover and identify bodies. The soldiers have been given orders to shoot anyone trying to approach the scene. The airliner, which had a passenger capacity of 84, was due to continue to Sofia, Bulgaris, from Zurich.
Last reports said 25 bodies were still trapped in the wreckage.