• Short Summary

    NINETY-FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED WHEN A BOEING 707 ASTRO-JET AIRLINER CRASHED IN FLAMES JUST AFTER TAKING OFF FROM IDLEWILD AIRPORT, NEW YORK, ON MARCH 1ST FOR LOS ANGELES.

  • Description

    NINETY-FIVE PEOPLE WERE KILLED WHEN A BOEING 707 ASTRO-JET AIRLINER CRASHED IN FLAMES JUST AFTER TAKING OFF FROM IDLEWILD AIRPORT, NEW YORK, ON MARCH 1ST FOR LOS ANGELES. ALL ON BOARD, 60 TOURIST CLASS PASSENGERS AND 27 FIRST CLASS AND A CREW OF EIGHT, ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE DIED INSTANTLY IN THIS, AMERICA'S WORST SINGLE PLANE DISASTER.

    THE AIRLINER, A MODERNISED VERSION OF THE BOEING 707, FELL INTO SHALLOW WATER AND SWAMP LAND OFF THE SOUTHERN SHORE OF LONG ISLAND, ABOUT THREE MILES FROM THE AIRPORT. AN EYE-WITNESS SAID THE PLANE HAD CLIMBED TO ABOUT 1,500 FEET AND AS IT STARTED TO BANK TO THE LEFT TO AVOID FLYING OVER POPULATED AREAS, IT DIVED AT A SHARP ANGLE, STRIKING THE WATER WITH A VIOLENT EXPLOSION, SCATTERING SMOKING, TWISTED WRECKAGE FOR HALF A MILE.

    AS THE SEARCH WENT ON AROUND THE SHATTERED PLANE, ASTRONAUT COLONEL JOHN GLENN, AMERICA'S FIRST MAN IN ORBIT, FLEW INTO NEW YORK FOR HIS TICKER-TAPE WELCOME. SQUADS OF POLICE AND HELICOPTERS STANDING BY TO HELP CONTROL THE WELCOMING CROWDS WERE SWITCHED TO THE PLANE CRASH AREA.

    THE CRASH WAS THE FIRST ACCIDENT OF A BOEING 707 IN THE UNITED STATES INVOLVING LOSS OF LIFE FOR PASSENGERS AND THE SECOND IN THE WORLD. A 707 OF SABENA, THE BELGIAN AIRLINE, CRASHED IN BRUSSELS IN FEBRUARY, 1961, KILLING 73 PEOPLE. THE WORST DISASTER IN THE HISTORY OF AVIATION OCCURRED OVER NEW YORK BAY ON DECEMBER 16, 1960, WHEN A CONSTELLATION AND A DC-8 JET COLLIDED, KILLING 136 PEOPLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF0A3CMM1UAI6SM781LURP3MKD
    Media URN:
    VLVAF0A3CMM1UAI6SM781LURP3MKD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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