• Short Summary

    Seventeen people, including four Americans, were killed aboard an Iranian Air Force jumbo jet, which exploded in flight and crashed near Huete in Central Spain on Sunday (9 May).

  • Description

    Seventeen people, including four Americans, were killed aboard an Iranian Air Force jumbo jet, which exploded in flight and crashed near Huete in Central Spain on Sunday (9 May).

    Eyewitnesses said one of the aircraft engines was on fire as it flew over Huete and shortly afterwards they heard a loud explosion. Official reports say the cause of the explosion is not yet known and the crash is being investigated.

    The other victims were mainly Iranian military men who were on their way to the United States for training. Two of their wives were also among the dead.

    The aircraft had been due to stay over night at Madrid's Barajas civil airport, and it was flying from Teheran to Texas, carrying used spare parts to be replaced with new ones.

    It is the second fatal accident involving a Boeing jumbo. In November 1974, 59 people were killed when a civilian 747 crashed after take-off at Nairobi airport.

    In Sunday's crash, wreckage was scattered over a large area -- the tail section was about half a mile (1 kilometre) away from the fuselage. Among the debris, there was a Royal Iranian Air Force jacket and several badly dented metal cases.

    SYNOPSIS: An Iranian air force jumbo jet exploded in mid-air and crashed near Huete in Central Spain on Sunday, killing seventeen people. Eyewitnesses say one of the aircraft's engines was on fire as it flew over Huete and shortly afterwards they heard an explosion.

    Official reports say the cause of the explosion is not yet known, but the crash is being investigated. The dead included four Americans, while the other victims were mainly Iranian military men who were on their way to the United States for training. Two of their wives were also killed. The aircraft was en route to Texas from Teheran and was carrying spare parts to be replaced with new ones.

    The wreckage was scattered over a wide area and the tail section landed about half a mile away from the fuselage.

    It's the second fatal accident involving a boeing Jumbo. In November, 1974, a civilian 747 crashed after take-off from Nairobi airport and 59 people were killed. In Sunday's accident, the Air Force plane crashed in a cornfield during a driving rainstorm.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA6S2ZXCJE2C4X8091YZC26UD4
    Media URN:
    VLVAA6S2ZXCJE2C4X8091YZC26UD4
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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