• Short Summary

    IN THE WORST SINGLE AIR CRASH IN THE HISTORY OF CIVIL AVIATION, 131 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT ORLY AIRPORT, PARIS JUNE 3RD WHEN A BOEING 707 JET AIRLINER CRASHED SECONDS AFTER IT LEFT THE RUNWAY.

  • Description

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    GV CRASH SCENE WRECKAGE STREWN ABOUT.
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    2.
    LVPAN..FROM ENGINE TO WRECKAGE.
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    3.
    RV POLICE VAN DRIVES TO SCENE.
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    4.
    TRAVEL SHOT - POLICE VANS
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    5.
    LV DITTO.
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    6.
    LV WRECKAGE.
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    7.
    LV SKID PATH LEFT BY CRASHING AIRCRAFT.
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    8.
    LV WRECKAGE
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    9.
    SVPAN..FIREMAN HOSE SMOKING WRECKAGE.
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    10.
    LV DAMAGED HOUSE.
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    11.
    CUPAN..FROM WRECKAGE OUTSIDE HOUSE PAN UP SIDE OF HOUSE THEN LONG VIEW WRECKAGE.
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    12.
    SV WRECKED TAIL.
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    13.
    CUPAN..DITTO.
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    14.
    CU WHEELS IN FIELD.
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    15.
    SV WRECKAGE
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    16.
    LV POLICE, FIREMAN SEARCH WRECKAGE.
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    17.
    CU DITTO
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    18.
    LV POLICE CARRY BODY ON STRETCHER.
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    19.
    CU WRECKAGE
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    20.
    SCU POLICE DRAG BODY FROM WRECKAGE
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    21.
    LV BODY ON STRETCHER
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    22.
    SV ROW OF COVERED BODIES ON GROUND.
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    23.
    CU COVERED BODY
    1.40

    24.
    LVPAN..WRECKAGE STREWN OVER LARGE AREA.
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    25.
    TGCPAN..DITTO.
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: IN THE WORST SINGLE AIR CRASH IN THE HISTORY OF CIVIL AVIATION, 131 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AT ORLY AIRPORT, PARIS JUNE 3RD WHEN A BOEING 707 JET AIRLINER CRASHED SECONDS AFTER IT LEFT THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT, OWNED BY AIR FRANCE, WAS ON A CHARTER FLIGHT TO ATLANTA IN THE UNITED STATES CARRYING 122 AMERICAN PASSENGERS, AN AIR FRANCE AGENT AND A CREW OF TEN. THE AMERICANS HAD JUST FINISHED A HOLIDAY IN EUROPE ARRANGED BY THE "ATLANTA ASSOCIATION OF ART". TWO OF THE CREW SURVIVED.

    EYE WITNESSES SAID THE AIRLINER SEEMED TO HAVE DIFFICULTIES GETTING OFF THE GROUND AS IT ROARED OVER THE RUNWAY. IT ROSE FOR A FEW FEET, THEN A WING DIPPED AND HIT THE GROUND. IT PLOUGHED FIVE HUNDRED YARDS THROUGH GARDENS ON THE FRINGE OF THE AIRPORT. BEFORE THE WRECKAGE CAME TO HALT IT EXPLODED INTO FLAMES, PREVENTING RESCUERS FROM GETTING NEAR IT. FIREMEN AND AMBULANCES RUSHED TO THE SPOT BUT THERE WAS LITTLE THEY COULD DO.

    TWO HOSTESSES ESCAPED WITH SHOCK AND SLIGHT INJURIES AFTER BEING THROWN CLEAR FROM THE TAIL SECTION, THREE HOURS AFTER THE CRASH A STEWARD WAS FOUND ALIVE, BUT BADLY INJURED, AMONG THE WRECKAGE. LATER HE DIED OF HIS INJURIES. THE PASSENGERS INCLUDED ONE CHILD, EIGHTY-ONE WOMEN AND FORTY MEN.

    PARTS OF THE HUGE AIRCRAFT WERE FOUND SCATTERED HUNDREDS OF YARDS AWAY FROM THE MAIN WRECKAGE. THE FOUR GIANT ENGINES HAD BEEN RIPPED OFF ON THE FIRST IMPACT. TREES AND BUSHES ROUND THE CRASH AREA WERE CHARRED FROM THE HEAT OF THE BLAZE. HOURS LATER THE WRECKAGE WAS STILL SMOULDERING. ONLY THE TAIL SECTION WAS LEFT INTACT.

    AIR FRANCE AND THE FRENCH MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT HAVE ANNOUNCED THE IMMEDIATE OPENING OF AN INQUIRY INTO THE CAUSE OF THE DISASTER. SO FAR ALL THAT IS KNOWN IS THAT THE CONTROL TOWER OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD NOT GAINED ENOUGH SPEED FOR TAKE-OFF. A MEMBER OF THE CONTROL STAFF REPORTED THAT THE UNDERCARRIAGE WHEELS BEGAN SMOKING ABOUT 800 YARDS BEFORE THE END OF THE RUNWAY. FIRST INVESTIGATIONS SHOWED BRAKE MARKS RUNNING FOR ABOUT 1,500 FT AT THE END OF THE TWO MILE RUNWAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAGCAMBJTVWDO3X8PJMOFXMLQQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAAGCAMBJTVWDO3X8PJMOFXMLQQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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