• Short Summary

    A French domestic airliner carrying 68 people apparently lost its way in heavy fog and rain and smashed into a mountain east of Clermont-Ferrand on Friday night (27 October). 59 people were killed.

  • Description

    A French domestic airliner carrying 68 people apparently lost its way in heavy fog and rain and smashed into a mountain east of Clermont-Ferrand on Friday night (27 October). 59 people were killed.

    Nine survivors waited six hours before rescue workers reached them on the rain-swept mountainside. One of the survivors included an eleven years old girl. She said that after the crash, a transistor radio started up and he was able to follow the progress of the 2,000 rescue workers.

    The aircraft, a Vickers Viscount of the French domestic airline "Air Inter", was on a flight from Lyon. The plane lost radio contact with Clermont-Ferrand airport just five minutes before it was due to land, and in poor visibility it headed away from the airport. Flying at low altitude, the plane then crashed into a nearby mountain slope.

    The crash was only the second "Air Inter" crash since the state-backed company was formed nine years ago. In 1963 one of their planes crashed killing 15 people. Paul Marland, Director of "Air Inter" and Maurice Grimaud, Secretary General of Civil Aviation, are investigating the scattered wreckage of Friday's accident.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABLWGYC86BTR1S47T10ZNQYTLB
    Media URN:
    VLVABLWGYC86BTR1S47T10ZNQYTLB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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