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    Disturbing images follow a terrible plane crash in Germany.

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    Unissued / Unused material -

    Langenbruck, Nr. Munich, West Germany (FDR - Federal Republic of Germany).

    Various shots of the wreckage of a British Eagle, 'Viscount' plane which crashed into the Munich-Nuremberg autobahn killing all 48 people aboard. The wreckage is strewn for a great distance on either side of the autobahn, and German rescue organisations search in vain for survivors. The camera picks out crash victims lying in the grass, personal belongings, etc., amongst the wreckage. MS Coffins bearing the crash victims lined up alongside the autobahn for transit to mortuary. Var. shots interior the mortuary showing the coffins and their belongings bagged up alongside. MS A plastic bag bearing an unidentified hand lies seeping blood onto the mortuary floor. MS German police turning cars around on the wreckage strewn autobahn.

    (F/G) Old record suggests material dates from around 09/08/1968.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
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    01:06:19:00 / 01:16:36:00
    UN 4378 A

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  1. Unknown user says

    The crash occurred on 9 August 1968, on Bundesautobahn 9 near Langenbruck.

    The aircraft involved was a Vickers Viscount 739A.

    48 passengers and crew died.

    NOTE: The shots list says that the site is "Nr Munich", though in reality it's about 75kms away.

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  2. davidhickson says

    This is very poignant for members of our family, as my parents were killed in the plane carsh when we were small children. We commemorate their deaths, and those of all the others this Summer. Thank you Pathe for keeping this footage available, it has given us some comfort, even though the film is quite graphic.
    David Hickson, Yorkshire.

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  3. Bob Patterson says

    John Dawdy, the Captain of this aircraft, was a very close friend of our family. He and my father, if I remember correctly, having studied to together for their Air Transport Pilot Licences and then both flying out of Southend airport. Again, my memory may be a bit faded but I'm fairly sure John flew Viscounts for Channel Airways whilst my father flew for BUA out of the same airport. He lived with us for a while in the early 60's and was like a 2nd father to me. As mentioned above, by David Hickson, although the footage is quite graphic, some 53 years on, it reminds me of my time when John was living with us and the fond memories I still have of him.

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  4. dioydora says

    Along side John Dawdy was my cousin First Officer Gary Holland on that fateful day. I often wonder that when watching Aircraft Investigations on National Geographic the British Eagle disaster has never been featured. Gary was due to get married on his return from that trip. At his funeral listening to other pilots who attended I heard that Captain John has a two year old son. To this day I believe that had the airline not gone bust, more may have been found out why the plane crashed. I had the report of the inquiry but sadly over the years and many moves it is long gone. Electrical faults or maybe with lack of money with a failing company maintenance of the planes were not as they should have been. Never forgotten along with all that passed that day and never will be
    Suw Willis nee Holland Crawley

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