• Short Summary

    CONFUSION SURROUNDS THE DEATH TOLL IN MONDAY'S CRASH OF AN AIR VIETNAM PLANE. SEARCHERS SIFTED?

  • Description

    CONFUSION SURROUNDS THE DEATH TOLL IN MONDAY'S CRASH OF AN AIR VIETNAM PLANE. SEARCHERS SIFTED THE WRECKAGE ON TUESDAY (23 DECEMBER) AND RECOVERED 19 BODIES ... BUT THE DEATH TOLL IS CERTAIN TO BE AT LEAST DOUBLE THAT FIGURE.

    FIRST REPORTS SAID AT LEAST 50 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN THE DISASTER, WHILE EARLIER GOVERNMENT STATEMENTS MENTIONED FIGURES OF UP TO 135. A FINAL FIGURE WILL NOT BE KNOWN UNTIL SEARCHERS HAVE SIFTED THROUGH THE DEBRIS ... WHICH WILL TAKE AT LEAST A WEEK.

    THE DISASTER OCCURRED WHEN A FOUR ENGINE DC-6B TRIED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING AT NHA-TRANG, ABOUT 200 MILES (320 KMS) NORTH-EAST OF SAIGON. THE PLANE OVERSHOT THE RUNWAY, HIT A SCHOOL, SLAMMED INTO A CLUSTER OF CORRUGATED IRON BUILDING AND CAUGHT FIRE.

    MIRACULOUSLY 36 OF THE 71 PASSENGERS AND CREW ESCAPED.

    THERE WERE PITIFUL SCENES OUTSIDE THE LOCAL HOSPITAL AS RELATIVES WAITED TO IDENTIFY THE BODIES RECOVERED SO FAR. ALL THE VICTIMS WERE BADLY BURNED. AN OFFICIAL OF AIR-VIETNAM HANDED OUT MONEY TO RELATIVES OF KNOWN VICTIMS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABG54I7KRJPM5D1NLX07O0FODR
    Media URN:
    VLVABG54I7KRJPM5D1NLX07O0FODR
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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