A British comet jet-airliner with 112 people on board crashed into a mountain peak near Barcelona in Spain on Friday night (3 July).
GV PAN Comet jetliner taking off(1964)
GROUND TO AIR - aircraft in flight(2 shots)
GV Hills PAN DOWN TO luggage (1967)
GV Burning wreckage (3 shots)
SV Wreckage and debris (4 shots)
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Background: A British comet jet-airliner with 112 people on board crashed into a mountain peak near Barcelona in Spain on Friday night (3 July).
Today rescue parties were heading for the site of the crash but all 105 tourists and 7 crew members aboard were feared dead.
The aircraft owned by Dan-Air was carrying British tourists to the Spanish Costa Brava and the disaster occurred shortly before the jet was due to touch down at Barcelona airport after a two-hour flight from Manchester in Norther-West England.
The passengers aboard, 48 men, 53 women, three children and a baby, were bound for a 12-day summer holiday in Spain.
Three British planes have been involved in crashes in and around the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain in the past 11 year. The most serious of these was on June 3, 1967 when a Skymaster DC-4 crashed into the Pyrenees on the French side of the mountains killing all 88 people aboard.
If all are dead on the Comet it will be the worst air-crash this year anywhere in the world.