Searchers in the snake infested Florida Everglades on Sunday (31 December) pulled 13 more bodies from the marshes in which a Lockheed Tristar airliner crashed on Friday night.
Searchers in the snake infested Florida Everglades on Sunday (31 December) pulled 13 more bodies from the marshes in which a Lockheed Tristar airliner crashed on Friday night. This brought the death toll to 98.
The airliner carried 177 people. Many of the survivors are in critical condition in six Miami hospitals.
As the task of searching the marches continued, investigators were trying to find out why the Eastern Airlines 'Plane plunged down as it turned to make a second approach to land at Miami. The pilot broke off the initial approach as he came into land from New York, because of a cockpit warning light.
Among those at the scene on Sunday was Mr. David Bowley, from the head office of Roll Royce. The Tristar is powered by Rolls Royce engines.
SYNOPSIS: The Florida Everglades...scene of the crash last Friday of a Lockheed Tristar airliner operated by Eastern Airlines. The giant 'plane was on a flight from New York. The pilot broke off his initial approach to Miami because of a cockpit warning light and then the Tristar plunged into the marshes. There were one-hundred-and-seventy-seven people on board.
Of the original eight survivors found, one died in hospital on Sunday and many others were in critical condition in six Miami hospitals. Another thirteen bodies were pulled from the marshes on Sunday and that brought the death toll to ninety-eight.
As the survivors told their stories, and weeping relatives learned the worst, investigators were trying to find out what caused the Tristar crash. One of the experts on the scene was an official from Rolls Royce, the company whose engines power the 'plane.