Fourteen people were killed when a U.S. Air Force plane crashed April 19 on Mount?
Fourteen people were killed when a U.S. Air Force plane crashed April 19 on Mount Parker, 50 feet below the summit, on the north-east corner of Hong Kong Island.
The twin-engined DC3 plane carried 15 people, including three women, one child and the crew. By 11 a.m. next day only two bodies were brought down from the hill top. The lone survivor was taken unconscious into a British Military Hospital. His condition was reported critical. He was suffering from a fractured arm, head injuries, and bleeding.
The Air Force plane took off from Kai Tak Airport just after six p.m. for Formosa. The plane was seen to veer off to the right in the general direction of Mount Parker, which is 1,700 feet high. Airport officials raised the alarm when the plane disappeared from the monitor radar screen soon after take-off.
An all-night rescue party immediately started up the rugged pathless mountain, scrambling over slimy rocks in pitch darkness and rain. Only half of the 300 rescuers managed to reach the top. Next morning, another batch of rescuers took over to search for the unaccounted. Men of the first battalion, the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, took a leading part in rescue operations. There were also two Catholic priests, firemen and others.
Mount Parker and the neighbouring Mount Butler have previously claimed 53 lives in three other aircrashes.