• Short Summary

    EVERYONE ABOARD A JAPANESE AIRLINER WHICH CRASHED INTO THE SEA OFF THE SOUTHERN COAST OF JAPAN ON SUNDAY NIGHT WAS FEARED DEAD.

  • Description

    EVERYONE ABOARD A JAPANESE AIRLINER WHICH CRASHED INTO THE SEA OFF THE SOUTHERN COAST OF JAPAN ON SUNDAY NIGHT WAS FEARED DEAD. THE YS-11 TURBO-PROP OLYMPIA AIRCRAFT OF ALL-NIPPON AIRWAYS TRIED TO LAND AT MATSUYAWA AIRPORT, BUT LIFTED OFF THE SINGLE RUNWAY BEFORE PLUNGING INTO THE INLAND SEA. THERE WERE 50 PEOPLE ABOARD, SOME OF THEM HONEYMOON COUPLES.

    AND TODAY (TUESDAY) THERE WAS A FURTHER TRAGEDY WHEN TWO HELICOPTERS, SEARCHING FOR BODIES FROM SUNDAY'S CRASH, COLLIDED AND FELL INTO THE SEA, KILLING ANOTHER FOUR MEN.

    BY TODAY 23 BODIES HAD BEEN RECOVERED. POLICE AND PATROL BOATS, LAUNCHED ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CRASH, FOUND CRUSHED AND BROKEN BODIES FLOATING ON THE WATER. THE FORCE OF THE IMPACT HAD STRIPPED THE CLOTHING OFF SOME.

    RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WAITING AT THE AIRPORT SAW THE AIRCRAFT COME IN TO LAND, THEN BOUNCE OFF AGAIN. THE AIRPORT CONTROL OFFICER SAID THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN AND THEN FAILED TO GAIN ALTITUDE, SWERVED AND CRASHED.

    IT WAS THE FIRST CRASH OF A YS-11, THE FIRST COMMERCIAL AIRLINER BUILT IN JAPAN SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR, AND THE COUNTRY'S FOURTH MAJOR AIRLINE DISASTER THIS YEAR.

    SIX OF THE DEAD WERE NEWLY MARRIED COUPLES FLYING TO MATSUYAMA, ON JAPAN'S SOUTHERN ISLAND OF SHIKOKU, FROM OSAKA TO BEGIN THEIR HONEYMOON. SUNDAY WAS ONE OF THE JAPAN'S "GREAT PEACE AND HAPPINESS" - DAYS, CONSIDERED AUSPICIOUS FOR MARRIAGES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB67ADXT7I1DP97R0JXKWU1NQR
    Media URN:
    VLVAB67ADXT7I1DP97R0JXKWU1NQR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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