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    Rescuers at work at plane crash site in Californian mountains - some distressing images.

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    Unissued / unused material.

    British DC-6 plane crash, Kint's Mountain, near San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA).

    Rescue crews going into action at rescue station. Navy helicopters, coastguard, Red Cross ambulances and nurses. Various shots bringing bodies from wooded crash area to rescue area - on stretchers, covered with sheets. Scenes at the point of crash, showing rescuers, litters, debris and smoke from fire. Coast Guardsmen looking for survivors and preparing the bodies on stretchers for the climb up hill (fairly gruesome shots of uncovered charred remains) Fire crews extinguishing the fire. Putting out fires on burning bodies. Helicopters overhead, dropping equipment and food to men at wreck. Dust created by helicopters. Men hiding face from dust and dirt.

    Date on dope sheet is 29/10/1953.

    Warning: this item contains images which some people may find distressing.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:55:59:00 / 02:01:23:00
    UN 2565 E

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  1. Unknown user says

    The crash seen here occurred on 29 October 1953.

    Although the shots list describes the plane involved as a "British DC-6", it was in fact a Douglas DC-6 flown by British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines. The craft was on a flight from Sydney Australia to Vancouver, British Columbia.

    19 people were killed, including the American pianist William Kapell.

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  2. Unknown user says

    My name is Dennis Bailly. I am a videographer and member of a group who are responsible for having a memorial plaque placed near the crashsite represented by your footage of the BCPA DC-6. I am producing a documentary of this incident and was wondering if I could use some of this footage. This is a non-profit endeavor for YouTube publication. I would appreciate your response be sent to my email address: Thank you for your consideration.

    By the way there is a typo in your description......the crash was on King's Mountain above Half Moon Bay. You may be interested to know a group went to the crash site Tuesday the 29th of October to comemorate the 60th anniversary and the son of the pilot from Australia was in the group.

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