The toll from the crash of a China Airlines aircraft at Manila airport on Wednesday (27 February) has risen to two after the death of a man who suffered extensive burns.
SV Firemen pouring foam over nose and cockpit area of crashed aircraft in Manila, Philippines
SV PAN Firemen using hoses to direct foam over wrecked fuselage (2 shots)
SV & GV Firemen using water to dampen down smoking debris (4 shots)
SV Rescue worker using axe on metal hatch of aircraft
SV PAN FROM Fireman using hose along burnt out fuselage TO wrecked engine
GV Crashed aircraft with armed guard standing in carpet of foam
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Background: The toll from the crash of a China Airlines aircraft at Manila airport on Wednesday (27 February) has risen to two after the death of a man who suffered extensive burns. The Boeing 707 of Taiwan's national airline burst into flames on arrival from Taipei.
SYNOPSIS: The aircraft exploded and careered along the runway to within 500 metres (540 yards) of the airport terminal. Firemen used chemicals to put out the flames which engulfed the plane. Airport officials described the escape of the other 132 passengers as miraculous considering the speed in which the aircraft caught fire.
Only one emergency exit was accessible to the passengers and the safety chute caught fire as people tumbled onto the tarmac several metres (feet) below. Early on Thursday (29 February) an investigation team headed by the Philippines Civil Aviation Administrator General Jesus Singsun began an inquiry into the cause of the accident. Four Taiwanese nationals were still in a serious condition on Friday (29 February) suffering from burns, but a stewardess who stayed on the blazing plane until all the passengers were safe, was reported to be in a stable condition.
Apart from the ninety-four Taiwanese on the plane, there were a number of passengers from Japan, the United States, Britain, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and Norway. Most of the passengers on the scheduled flight were tourists. The aircraft lost both its engines when it crashed at the airport and the wreckage has been put under armed guard until the inquiry into the accident has been completed.