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    The seven French townspeople -- a baby, a young girl, four children and a 65-year-old women -- who died when the Soviet TU144 supersonic airliner crashed on their homes last Sunday (3 June) were buried in the local cemetery at Goussainville on Thursday (7 June).

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    The seven French townspeople -- a baby, a young girl, four children and a 65-year-old women -- who died when the Soviet TU144 supersonic airliner crashed on their homes last Sunday (3 June) were buried in the local cemetery at Goussainville on Thursday (7 June).

    Six Russians aboard the jet died when the aircraft broke up and crashed in flames on the last day of the Paris Air Show. Twenty houses were destroyed and many others damaged by blazing wreckage which fell on Goussainville, which is ten miles (16 kms) from Le Bourget Airport.

    The coffins of the seven townspeople were laid in the town's community centre for several hours before the funeral for local inhabitants and relatives to pay their last respects. The youngest who died was an eight-month-old baby girl.

    SYNOPSIS: The small French town of Goussainville, near Paris, on Thursday mourned the seven people who died when a Soviet TU144 supersonic airliner crashed on their homes last Sunday. The airliner was making a demonstration flight on the last day of the Paris Air Show. Three hundred thousand spectators at Le Bourget Airport saw the aircraft break up over Goussainville, about ten miles away.

    The seven who were killed by pieces of flaming wreckage from the doomed airliner included four children, aged five to thirteen, and an eight-months-old baby girl. The other two were a sixty-five-year-old woman and a girl of twenty-five. Most of the inhabitants of Goussainville turned out for Thursday's funeral.

    A Franco-Soviet board of inquiry has been set up to investigate the disaster, which was the world's first crash of a supersonic airliner. The Soviet Government has already pledged compensation to the victims of the crash. Twenty houses were destroyed and many more damaged when the Tupolev airliner smashed into Goussainville.

    The six Russians aboard the airliner also died in the crash. Only minutes before the disaster, the Tupolev's Anglo-French competitor, Concorde, had made a similar demonstration run without mishap.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAFGXDUQJVT9QMFGZDSB0BTYRB
    Media URN:
    VLVAFGXDUQJVT9QMFGZDSB0BTYRB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/06/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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