• Short Summary

    CZECHOSLOVAKIAN SECURITY POLICE WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) GUARDING THE AREA NEAR BRATISLAVA WHERE A BULGARIAN AIRLINER CRASHED ON THURSDAY NIGHT KILLING 83 PEOPLE.

  • Description

    CZECHOSLOVAKIAN SECURITY POLICE WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) GUARDING THE AREA NEAR BRATISLAVA WHERE A BULGARIAN AIRLINER CRASHED ON THURSDAY NIGHT KILLING 83 PEOPLE. THE AIRLINER ALSO CARRIED TWO SPECIAL CONTAINERS OF RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES, AND EXPERTS WERE BROUGHT IN WITH GEIGER COUNTERS AND OTHER SPECIALIST EQUIPMENT.

    THE SOVIET-BUILT ILYUSHIN - 18 AIRLINER CRASHED SOON AFTER TAKE-OFF INTO THE FORESTED MOUNTAINS WHICH RIM THE CITY. SNOW, FLURRIED BY A BITTER WIND, HINDERED THE INVESTIGATORS WHO STRUGGLED TO THE SCENE DEEP IN THE FOREST SOME SIX MILES (10 KILOMETRES) SOUTH OF THE AIRPORT.

    THE RADIOACTIVE CONTAINERS HAD NOT BEEN FOUND, AND SECURITY POLICE SCREENED OFF THE HUGE CLEARING TORN IN THE PINE TREES. JOURNALISTS WERE BARRED FROM THE SCENE, BUT A VISNEWS CAMERAMAN WAS ABLE TO TAKE THIS FILM BEFORE BEING ESCORTED FROM THE AREA BY POLICE.

    SEVERAL PEOPLE OWED THEIR LIVES TO THEIR DECISIONS TO GO ON TO PRAGUE. THE PLANE'S DESTINATION - BY TRAIN, RATHER THAN WAIT AT THE AIRPORT. THE AIRLINER WAS ON A REGULAR FLIGHT FROM SOFIA TO EAST BERLIN VIA BUDAPEST AND PRAGUE, BUT IT LANDED AT BRATISLAVA BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS. WHEN IT TOOK OFF AGAIN, IT FAILED TO GAIN HEIGHT AND NARROWLY MISSED FACTORY CHIMNEYS BEFORE CRASHING INTO THE SMALL CARPATHIAN MOUNTAIN RIDGE SOUTH OF BRATISLAVA.

    A CZECHOSLOVAKIAN GOVERNMENT COMMISSION INVESTIGATING THE CRASH HAD BEEN JOINED BY A BULGARIAN PARTY, BELIEVED TO BE HEADED BY THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD62HFVGYOW7POBI39Z8B968JO
    Media URN:
    VLVAD62HFVGYOW7POBI39Z8B968JO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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