• Short Summary

    Wreckage lay strewn over an area of two miles (kms) at Majhipara, near Panagarh airstrip in West Bengal, after Saturday's (19 December) crash by a Soviet plane in which 17 passengers died.

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    Wreckage lay strewn over an area of two miles (kms) at Majhipara, near Panagarh airstrip in West Bengal, after Saturday's (19 December) crash by a Soviet plane in which 17 passengers died.

    The four engined Antonov aircraft belonging to the Soviet airline Aeroflot tried to land at Panagarh airstrip with on engine ablaze, overshot the runway, veered off and streaked for about a mile (1500 metres) before crashing, civil aviation authorities said.

    The aircraft was on a flight from Dacca, East Pakistan, to New Delhi when the crash occurred. It was returning to Moscow after unloading a supply of Soviet relief materials for the cyclone victims in Dacca.

    Reports said four of the dead were identified after the crash, and the rest were burned beyond recognition.

    Local villagers said the aircraft hit four cowherds working in a field.

    Fire engines rushed from the nearby steel town of Durgapur, and the three officials of the Soviet Consulate-General went to the crash-site with senior Indian aviation officials. Indian army personnel carried out the search for survivors at the site.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE75YG1FJW7JRSH0HT6PYPF1B9
    Media URN:
    VLVAE75YG1FJW7JRSH0HT6PYPF1B9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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