A United States Navy DC6, carrying members of a band accompanying President Eisenhower on his South American tour, collided with a Brazilian airliner over Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janiero, in thick fog Feb 23.
GV.PAN.Launches searching in Guanabara Bay
LV. Onlookers on quayside
SV. Rescued US Navy man being assisted out of boat onto quayside
SV. Second US Navy man being assisted ashore
SV. Third US Navy man being assisted ashore
SV.PAN.Dead bodies in launch alongside quay
GV. Plane wreckage in tree
SV. Plane wreckage being salvaged - onto boat
SV. Sheets of music floating in water
CU. Swimmer hands sheets to man on boat
EV. Sheets of music and wreckage on boat
SV. Wreckage being hoisted ashore
LV. Launch continuing search
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Background: A United States Navy DC6, carrying members of a band accompanying President Eisenhower on his South American tour, collided with a Brazilian airliner over Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janiero, in thick fog Feb 23. Both plunged into the bay.
Officials reports Feb 26 said 29 bodies and 14 survivors had been pulled from the water. Authorities listed 62 persons aboard the two aircraft - 37 in the Navy transport, and 25 in the C47 of Brazil's Real airline.
President Eisenhower had just ended a triumphal visit to Rio only a few hours before the two planes collided. He was then in Sao Paulo.
The bandsmen were scheduled to play that same night at a formal US Embassy reception given on President Eisenhower's behalf for Brazilian President Kubitschek.