• Short Summary

    Passengers aboard a Trans World Airline Boeing 707 escaped with their lives when their plane crashed and broke in two at Milan's Malpensa airport in Italy on Monday (22 December).

    33 of the 113 people aboard were injured - none of them seriously.

  • Description

    Passengers aboard a Trans World Airline Boeing 707 escaped with their lives when their plane crashed and broke in two at Milan's Malpensa airport in Italy on Monday (22 December).

    33 of the 113 people aboard were injured - none of them seriously. The aircraft's pilot, co-pilot and a hostess were taken from the wrecked flight deck and rushed to hospital.

    Most of the passengers were Italians returning from New York to spend Christmas in their homeland.

    Airport officials said the aircraft was making an instrument landing in fog when it hit the grass close to the runway. It lost its undercarriage and slid forward on its belly, snapping off its wings as it rolled crazily from side to side. When it finally lurched to a stop the fuselage broke in two.

    Investigations into the crash opened soon after. Airport officials said the pilot had made one unsuccessful attempt to land then said he would re-route to Genoa. They said they didn't know why he changed his mind and made a second attempt.

    SYNOPSIS: A hundred and thirteen people escaped with their lives when the Boeing seven-o-seven jet in which they were travelling crashed in fog at Milan's Malpensa airport in Italy on Monday. Thirty three of those aboard were injured but none of them seriously.

    Most of the passengers were Italians returning from the United States to spend Christmas in their homeland. Airport officials said the pilot had tried to make a landing in the fog prior to the crash but had been unsuccessful. He had radioed that he was rerouting to Genoa. The officials could not say why he made the second attempt.

    He was making an instrument landing when the plane hit the grass close to the runway. It lost its undercarriage and slid forward on its belly, snapping off its wings as it rolled crazily from side to side. When it stopped the fuselage broke in two.

    Investigations into the crash opened soon after.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9FNQTP66T6SM4ZU8AN5AFLWBJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9FNQTP66T6SM4ZU8AN5AFLWBJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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