• Short Summary

    A MOUNTAIN-HOPPING HELICOPTER YESTERDAY, (MONDAY), FOUND THE WRECKAGE OF A CONSTELLATION AIRLINER MISSING SINCE SUNDAY ON A FLIGHT FROM SAN JOSE, IN CALIFORNIA, TO THE RESORT AREA OF LAKE TAHOE ON THE CALIFORNIA-NEVADA BORDER.

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    A MOUNTAIN-HOPPING HELICOPTER YESTERDAY, (MONDAY), FOUND THE WRECKAGE OF A CONSTELLATION AIRLINER MISSING SINCE SUNDAY ON A FLIGHT FROM SAN JOSE, IN CALIFORNIA, TO THE RESORT AREA OF LAKE TAHOE ON THE CALIFORNIA-NEVADA BORDER. ALL 85 PEOPLE ON BOARD DIED IN THE CRASH
    THE PILOT OF THE AIRCRAFT HAD TURNED FOR RENO TO AVOID BAD WEATHER WHEN HE WAS CAUGHT IN A BLINDING SNOWSTORM. HE FAILED TO LIFT THE PLANE OVER THE SUMMIT OF A 9 THOUSAND FOOT (2,700 METERS) MOUNTAIN AND PLOUGHED INTO THE PEAK WITH SUCH FORCE THE NOSEWHEEL WAS FLUNG ACROSS THE TOP OF THE RIDGE.

    IMMEDIATELY THE PLANE WAS LISTED AS MISSING A SEARCH WAS ORGANIZED. FIFTY AIRCRAFT AND HELICOPTERS WERE SENT INTO THE AREA FROM WHERE THE MISSING PLANE'S LAST MESSAGE WAS RECEIVED. DARKNESS AND BAD WEATHER FORCED ORGANIZERS TO CALL OFF THE SEARCH UNTIL DAWN YESTERDAY.

    ONCE THE WRECKAGE WAS SIGHTED ANOTHER HELICOPTER FLEW A DOCTOR TO THE CRASH SCENE. HE LATER REPORTED THAT ALL THOSE ABROAD -- 81 PASSENGERS AND 4 CREW -- HAD PERISHED.

    DEBRIS FROM THE PLANE WAS SPREAD OVER A WIDE AREA OF THE MOUNTAIN, AND HARD TO DISTINGUISHED BETWEEN TREE STUMPS AND ROCKS. THE ONLY WRECKAGE OF ANY SIZE WAS TALL ASSEMBLY, SURROUNDED BY FRAGMENTS OF THE FUSELAGE AND WINGS.

    THE CRASH SCENE IS SO ISOLATED THAT RESCUE TEAMS HAD TO BE FLOWN IN BY HELICOPTER TO BRING THE BODIES DOWN TO THE NEARBY HAMLET OF ZYPHYR COVE BY SNOW TRACTORS.

    ALL THE PASSENGERS WERE NATIVE CALIFORNIANS, AND THE FATALITIES BROUGHT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS IN CIVIL AIR DISASTERS IN RECENT WEEKS TO 246 -- 83 DEAD IN LAST WEEKEND'S BRITISH EAGLE DISASTER AT INNSBRUCK; 58 OTHERS IN A CRASH ON LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN, IN LOUISIANA; AND, ANOTHER 20 IN A CRASH IN JAPAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC35P6D9V20IE610XL72CX3GCQ
    Media URN:
    VLVAC35P6D9V20IE610XL72CX3GCQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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