• Short Summary

    The bodies of some of the 68 passengers and crew of the Japanese-built YS-11 Turbo-prop airliner which crashed into a tree-covered mountainside 12 miles (20 kilometres) from Hokkaido's Hakodate airport on Saturday evening (3 July), where carried down by rescue workers on Monday (5 July).

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    The bodies of some of the 68 passengers and crew of the Japanese-built YS-11 Turbo-prop airliner which crashed into a tree-covered mountainside 12 miles (20 kilometres) from Hokkaido's Hakodate airport on Saturday evening (3 July), where carried down by rescue workers on Monday (5 July).

    Officials were still investigating whether instrument failures misled the pilot into thinking he was the airport.

    Some of the bodies, including that of the American co-pilot Jack Spence, were found caught in the trees, while others were lying crushed beneath the wreckage. The search parties had to cut a path down the mountainside to carry the bodies to the nearby town of Nanai, and by late afternoon on Monday some 30 of them had been carried to a Buddhist temple in the town's centre.

    SYNOPSIS: All 68 passengers and crew on board were killed on Saturday night when a Japanese-built airliner crashed into a tree-covered mountainside about 12 miles from northern Japan's Hakodate airport.

    Officials are still investigating whether a failure in the aircraft's instruments misled the pilot into thinking he was over the airport. According to the last communications between the aircraft's crew and the ground control, the pilot apparently believed he was descending towards the airport. In fact, he was several miles north.

    Soldiers and police who hacked their way up the steep, heavily-forested mountain found wreckage and bodies scattered over a wide area. Some of the bodies were found caught in the trees, while others were pulled from under pieces of wreckage. One rescue worker said he found part of one body impaled on a branch.

    The twin-engined aircraft of Toa Domestic Airlines disappeared in bad weather on an approach to Hakodate airport on the northern island of Hokkaido. The airport has no flight aids.

    In the nearby town of Nanai, at the foot of the mountain, anxious groups of relatives waited for news Many of them had maintained an all-night vigil. The rescue workers carried some of the bodies in makeshift coffins.

    After clearing a path down the mountainside, the search parties and rescue workers carried most of the bodies to Nanai's Buddhist temple, where relatives identified them. Spokesmen said that many of the bodies were unrecognisable. Relatives were all told there were no survivors form the crash.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB7MP9ZHCCTF4DXM9E2RA7PRZB
    Media URN:
    VLVAB7MP9ZHCCTF4DXM9E2RA7PRZB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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