• Short Summary

    FOLLOWING THE CRASH LAST THURSDAY (MARCH 20) OF A RUSSIAN-BUILT ILYUSHIN-18 AIRCRAFT OF THE UNITED ARAB AIRLINES AS IT WAS COMING IN TO LAND AT ASWAN, GOVERNMENT AND AVIATION INSPECTORS HAVE STARTED THE METICULOUS JOB OF SIFTING THROUGH THE REMAINS OF THE WRECKAGE TO TRY TO FIND CLUES TO THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WHICH KILLED 96 OF THE 104 PASSENGERS AND CREW.

  • Description

    FOLLOWING THE CRASH LAST THURSDAY (MARCH 20) OF A RUSSIAN-BUILT ILYUSHIN-18 AIRCRAFT OF THE UNITED ARAB AIRLINES AS IT WAS COMING IN TO LAND AT ASWAN, GOVERNMENT AND AVIATION INSPECTORS HAVE STARTED THE METICULOUS JOB OF SIFTING THROUGH THE REMAINS OF THE WRECKAGE TO TRY TO FIND CLUES TO THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WHICH KILLED 96 OF THE 104 PASSENGERS AND CREW.

    AS THE INVESTIGATION GOT UNDER WAY, THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS CLAIMED THE BODIES FROM THE CAIRO HOSPITAL WHERE THEY HAD BEEN TAKEN AFTER THE CRASH.

    THE MAJORITY OF THE VICTIMS PILGRIMS RETURNING FROM JEDDAH, IN SAUDI ARABIA, AFTER VISITING MOSLEM SHRINES AT MECCA AND MEDIAN DURING THE FEAST OF ID UL ADHA, AND, WHEN THEY DIED, THEY WERE ALL STILL WEARING THEIR LONG WHITE PRAYER ROBES.

    EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS OF THE ACCIDENT, CONSIDERED THE "WORST IN EGYPTIAN AVIATION HISTORY". HE SAID THAT THE WING-TIP OF THE TWO-WEEK-OLD AIRCRAFT APPARENTLY TOUCHED THE RUNWAY, CAUSING IT TO CATCH FIRE AND EXPLODE, SCATTERING WRECKAGE AND BODIES OVER AN AREA OF 800 SQUARE METRES.

    THE INQUIRY INTO THE CAUSES OF THE ACCIDENT IS BEING HEADED BY THE EGYPTIAN MINISTERS OF HEALTH, DR. ABDO SALAM, AND WAR PRODUCTION. EL SAYED ABDUL WAHAB EL BISHRY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF1ZC53J5M8RNQ6LL23I85QA25
    Media URN:
    VLVAF1ZC53J5M8RNQ6LL23I85QA25
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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