The death toll in the world's worst mid-air crash, in the collision over northern Yugoslavia on Friday (September 10) between a Yugoslav and a British airliner, is confirmed at 176.
AERIAL VIEW TO GROUND Yugoslav airliner debris
GV Wreckage strewn through woodland (6 shots)
GV PAN Cornfield with wreckage of British Airways aircraft
GVs Wreckage (2 shots)
CU Child's push-chair TILT UP TO GV debris
GV PAN Wreckage
REPORTER: "The 'planes apparently collided over open country, about 15 miles from the Croatian capital of Zagreb, and they plunged into the ground from a height estimated at well over 30,000 feet. The Yugoslav charter 'plane carrying the German tourists fell into a wooded area. It was in flames before it hit the ground. The German holiday-makers had been flying home to Cologne after a holiday in Split on the Adriatic Coast. There were no survivors from either 'plane.
"Pieces of the aircraft and pathetic items of personal baggage were strewn over a wide area. "The largest piece of wreckage from the British trident plunged into a field of maize not far away. It was terribly torn and twisted. The entire area has now been sealed off by units of the Yugoslav internal security forces, while the experts go about the grim task of trying to identify the bodies of the victims and to determine what could have caused the disaster. Eye-witnesses have already told investigators that they saw a big ball of fire and heard the sound of an explosion before the wreckage tumbled from the sky."
"A big search is now being made for the flight recording boxes which should provide details of what happened in the last moments before the collision."
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Background: The death toll in the world's worst mid-air crash, in the collision over northern Yugoslavia on Friday (September 10) between a Yugoslav and a British airliner, is confirmed at 176. There were no survivors. The Yugoslav airliner, flying to West Germany, was carrying 108 passengers and a crew of five, and there were 54 passengers and nine crew aboard the British Airways Trident, travelling from Turkey to England. A reporter takes up the story from the site where the wreckages landed.