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    A United Air Lines Boeing 737 jetliner crashed into a row of bungalow homes in a Chicago suburb on Friday (December 8) killing at least 40 people.

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    A United Air Lines Boeing 737 jetliner crashed into a row of bungalow homes in a Chicago suburb on Friday (December 8) killing at least 40 people.

    The crash came when the aircraft, carrying 61 people, apparently missed the runway at Chicago's Midway Airport. Eyewitnesses said the jet was making its approach through sleet and snow when it suddenly tore into the houses with its nose up and tail down.

    The 'plane hit the roof of one house, smashed through three garages behind it, then hit three more houses--demolishing two of them--and finally crashed to a halt with its nose sticking out of one side of a bungalow and its tail from the other.

    Two and a half hours after the crash, as Airline spokesman said only seventeen people had been accounted for. But later, the Cook County Morgue nearly said it had approximately 40 bodies--while a hospital in the area said it had 14 survivors.

    Huge clouds of smoke and flame billowed from the wreckage as the power failed in 5,000 homes in the area.

    It was the third major U.S. air disaster this year and the first time a Boeing 737 has gone down since the aircraft was put into service by United and six other airlines in 1968. Since then, the two-engined 'plane has carried more than 135 million passengers.

    SYNOPSIS: The tailplane of a Boeing seven-three-seven airliner sticks grotesquely out of a Chicago bungalow after crashing in snow and sleet on Friday. Rescuers have found the bodies of at least forty of the sixty-one people aboard the plane.

    The accident happened when the 'plane--flying from Washington--apparently lost height and plunged into the houses in a pall of smoke and flame.

    It was the third major air disaster in the United States this year. But it was only the first time a Boeing seven-three-seven jet had crashed since it was put into service by six airlines four years ago. Eyewitnesses said the 'plane scraped the roofs of two bungalows and then sheared through six houses, setting them ablaze. The crash demolished two houses completely and caused a power failure in five-thousand homes nearby. Two children were said to be among the passengers.

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