• Short Summary

    Seven people were killed at the historic Biggin Hill airfield near London on Sunday (21 September) when an old United States Air Force bomber crashed during an air show to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

  • Description

    1.
    GV A26 Invader bomber flying overhead, rolls goes into dive and then crashes into ground. Smoke rising from crash scene. (2 SHOTS)
    0.18

    2.
    GV COMMENTARY BEGINS People running across field towards tree where plane has crashed.
    0.29

    3.
    GV Fire engine arriving.
    0.34

    4.
    GV Police, ambulance and fire engine at scene of crash.
    0.35

    5.
    GV Fireman playing hose of fire. Firemen looking at wreckage. (2 SHOTS)
    0.56

    6.
    SV Burning wreckage of aircraft.
    1.00

    7.
    CU Firemen in field where wreckage lies burnings.
    1.12

    8.
    CU Woman speaking.
    1.36


    WHITMORE:"The aircraft narrowly missed a large group of people who had been watching from a field as it plunged into a valley jus south of Biggin Hill and in the words of one witness, disintegrated into a ball of flame.



    "The impact scattered wreckage hundreds of yards, some finishing up beside a road. By the time the emergency services had arrived it was clear no one inside the Invader could have survived. The bodies were found with the main part of the wreckage which had ended up only a short distance from a housing estate. Large numbers of people had been attracted to the area by the flying display and yet, despite the scattered wreckage no one on the ground was seriously hurt. Many witnesses confessed their self-relief that the incident had no been far worse."



    WITNESS: "We were coming up the side of a hill when we heard this noise coming out and we though we can't possibly be that near to a plane and we stopped and looked and he seemed to have risen up in the air and then sort of turned over and started coming down, straight down. I said to my son, here, what is a big plane like that doing a somersault here? He'll never make it. And then it went, you know, it was just unbelievable."





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    REPORTER: RICHARD WHITMORE

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Seven people were killed at the historic Biggin Hill airfield near London on Sunday (21 September) when an old United States Air Force bomber crashed during an air show to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The plane, an A26 Invader, was flying low when it turned sharply and plunged to the ground. Richard Whitmore filed this report.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA34NDJ7OVA7HPHAMVDX0RIANVR
    Media URN:
    VLVA34NDJ7OVA7HPHAMVDX0RIANVR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/09/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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