• Short Summary

    Rescue workers were still searching on Thursday (8 Feb) for some of the 40 people believed to have died when a United sates Navy jet fighter crashed into an apartment complex in Alameda on Wednesday (7 Feb.)
    Only seven bodies, five adults and two children, have so far been found by firemen probing the rubble of the three-storey building.

  • Description

    Rescue workers were still searching on Thursday (8 Feb) for some of the 40 people believed to have died when a United sates Navy jet fighter crashed into an apartment complex in Alameda on Wednesday (7 Feb.)
    Only seven bodies, five adults and two children, have so far been found by firemen probing the rubble of the three-storey building. The apartment block had disintegrated under the impact of the 700 mile-an-hour (1,200 kph) jet.

    Red Cross workers said 23 people escaped form the building when the jet crashed. A smaller block next door contained five apartments but it was still not known how many people were inside.

    Eyewitnesses said the jet plunged into the apartment block at a 45-degree angel with one wing ablaze. There was a huge explosion and flames shots hundreds of feet into the air.

    SYNOPSIS: A United States Navy jet fighter plane crashed into an apartment complex in the San Francisco Bay suburb of Mlameda on Wednesday.

    There was a huge explosion and flames shot hundreds of feet into the air. The building disintegrated and a second block collapsed in flames.

    Firemen fought the blaze for several hours before they brought it under control. There were 27 apartments in the building the jet struck, and 15 in other buildings that caught fire.

    Rescue workers wearing protective clothing probed the ruins in an effort to find the bodies of the victims. The death toll was reported by Red Cross officials to be considerably less than first feared. they believed the final tool could be no more than thirty.

    On Thursday morning there was still a column of smoke rising from the rubble.

    Rescue workers were still forced to wear protective clothing as they searched the smouldering rubble.

    By late afternoon, they had recovered only seven bodies - five adults and two children. A total of 39 people were injured in the crash. One survivor is still in a critical condition in a San Francisco hospital.

    The Untied States Navy has now launched an investigation into the accident. They are trying to discover how the jet suddenly went into an uncontrolled dive from a height of 28,000 feet.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA960VDM25B90L3H16ZSY1TWBLD
    Media URN:
    VLVA960VDM25B90L3H16ZSY1TWBLD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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