Visnews film shows the tragic scene shortly after the Trans-World Airlines "Super Constellation" crashed near Milan, June 26, after apparently being struck by lightning.
LV burning plane PAN to firemen
SV PAN wreckage
CU men sorting wreckage
LV smoking wreckage
SV PAN ditto
SV name "Olgiate" on wall PAN to wreckage
SV debris in house
SV men clearing debris in house
SV PAN wrecked fuselage
LV PAN from firemen to debris
PAN up from wreckage to house
LV firemen working on wreckage
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Background: Visnews film shows the tragic scene shortly after the Trans-World Airlines "Super Constellation" crashed near Milan, June 26, after apparently being struck by lightning.
All the passengers and crew, totalling 68, lost their lives. Bodies retrieved from the wreckage were badly burned.
Eye-witnesses said they saw the airliner hit by a streak of lightning and begin to disintegrate, crashing to the ground in flames. The wreckage was scattered over a wide area, the fuselage hitting the ground close to a farm-house. Rescue and fire-fighting operations were carried out in torrential rain.
The crash is believed to be the worst in Italy's aviation history. It was the first major air disaster there since an Italian fighter collided with a "Viscount" in mid-air over Anzio last October, killing all 31 passengers and crew of the airliner.