The Italian airliner crash on Mount Vesuvius... Forty three of the dead have been recovered,?
The Italian airliner crash on Mount Vesuvius... Forty three of the dead have been recovered, but two are still missing. The plane, a Viscount taking passengers, mostly Europeans, to Naples for the Easter was on the last leg of a Turin-Rome-Naples flight. It crashed and burst into flames on the rim of the crater out of which the Vesuvius volcano rises.
The fuselage was broken in two and wreckage spread over the radius of more than 200 yards. The body of the Italian pilot, was found on the ground near an engine. When the first group of rescuers reached the scene about four hours after the crash, wreckage was still burning. Searchlights focused on the crash site and rocket flares were shot overhead. But the lights were obscured by fog.
The hundred of police, firemen and medical crops men slipped on the mud of the volcanic ash. It was hours before they could reach the scene. To day (Monday) officials camped in tents on the slopes of Vesuvius are trying to find why the plane crashed seconds before it was due to land at Naples.