• Short Summary

    ALL 48 PASSENGERS AND CREW OF THREE HAD A MIRACULOUS ESCAPE WHEN THEIR HAWKER SIDDELEY 748 AIRLINER CRASHED AS IT CAME INTO LAND AT LYMPNE AIRPORT, NEAR FOLKESTONE, ON ENGLAND'S SOUTH COAST YESTERDAY (SUNDAY).

  • Description

    ALL 48 PASSENGERS AND CREW OF THREE HAD A MIRACULOUS ESCAPE WHEN THEIR HAWKER SIDDELEY 748 AIRLINER CRASHED AS IT CAME INTO LAND AT LYMPNE AIRPORT, NEAR FOLKESTONE, ON ENGLAND'S SOUTH COAST YESTERDAY (SUNDAY).

    THE TWIN-ENGINED PLANE WAS ON A REGULAR FLIGHT FROM BEAUVAIS, FRANCE.AS IT APPROACH LYMPNE, A SUDDEN FOG BILLOWED UP FROM ROMNEY MARSH.EYE-WITNESSES SAID THE AIRCRAFT PLUNGED 20 FEET TO THE GROUND AND PLOUGHED OFF THE GRASS RUNWAY AND SOMERSAULTED THREE TIMES.BOTH WINGS AND THE TAIL WERE TORN OFF.PASSENGERS, WHO WERE STRAPPED IN THEIR SEATS, WERE LEFT HANGING UPSIDE DOWN.

    AFTER THE PLANE CAME TO REST, AN AIR HOSTESS FREED HERSELF, THEN STARTED RELEASING THE PASSENGERS, AND HELPING THEM TO ESCAPE HATCHES.ALTHOUGH SHOCKED AND DAZED NONE OF THE PASSENGERS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED.WRECKAGE AND LUGGAGE WAS STREW OVER A WIDE AREA.

    THE PUNWAY WAS GRASS COVERED.IF IT HAD BEEN TARMAC IT COULD HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT STORY, SAID A SPOKESMAN OF THE AIRLINE, SKYWAYS COACH AIR LTD.THEN THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN SPARKS THAT MIGHT WELL HAVE IGNITED THE FUEL VAPOUR, CAUSING A DISASTROUS FIRE, HE SAID.

    THE AIRLINER IS A COMPLETE WRITE-OFF.MINISTRY OF AVIATION OFFICIALS HAVE VISITED THE SITE FOR AN ON-THE-SPOT INVESTIGATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACLSYFGJON0J53481L0BG70CRB
    Media URN:
    VLVACLSYFGJON0J53481L0BG70CRB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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