Two West African Presidents one hour before the arrival of the Royal Airforce that brought the remains of the late President Tubman arrived this afternoon Sunday July 25th to receive the body of the deceased.
Presidents Moktar Ould Daddah and David Jawara alight from plane to attend Tubman's funeral service.
Both leaders were met by President Tolbert.
Shot of the Royal Airforce plane arriving.
Shot with a zoom on Mrs. Tubman alighting and accompanied by Pres.Tolbert.
Various angle shots showing mourners.
Another shot of several persons weeping.
MCS. as President Tubman escorted Tubman's widow to the waiting car.
Shot showing the casket containing the deceased body borne amidst crowd.
Pan from weeping crowd to the President's body borne escorted by the three leaders.
Various angle shot of the tower crowded with sympathisers and draped in black.
LS. as the bony was borne in military escorts to the base.
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Background: Two West African Presidents one hour before the arrival of the Royal Airforce that brought the remains of the late President Tubman arrived this afternoon Sunday July 25th to receive the body of the deceased.
On hand to welcome Presidents Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania and present OAU Chairman and David Jawara was President William R. Tolbert, Jr. and other govt. officials.
On hour later and at exact 3p.m. Liberian Standard Time, the Royal Airforce plane carrying the body of Dr. Tubman after a perfect touched down, slowly moved to wards the terminal where thousands of weeping and wailing continued.
Accompanying the late President's body was his grief stricken widow, Mrs. Antoinette Tubman, who upon descending the plane, broke down in tears and was then escorted to a waiting car by President Tolbert and Senator WVS Tubman, Jr. son of the fallen President Tubman.
At the airport, the body was given a 21-gun salute and escorted on a cart on an inspection of the guard.
Presidents Tolbert, David Jawara and Moktar Ould Daddah stood on the cart behind the bronze casket as it was escorted on inspection.
Thereafter the inspection, the cart gently and slowly moved amidst thousands of weeping crowds and wailing unto the Executive Mansion where the body will lie in State until Thursday morning when funeral services will be held.
President Tubman (the late) is expected to be buried at his private Congo-Town estate 5 miles from Monrovia upon the request of his widow stricken widow and members of the family.