Investigators probing the wreckage of the Yugoslav tour aircraft which crashed while landing at Rijeka airport on Saturday night, believe a burst tyre may be responsible.
CU parts of wreckage aircraft (2 shots)
GV airport runways
GV wreckage on runway
CU damaged suitcase TILT to aircraft wreckage
GV wreckage on runway (2 shots)
Aerial view wreckage on runway (2 shots)
Interview with survivor
TRANSCRIPT: SARAJCIC (SEQ. 7): "I went down on the ground you see. Went down on the ground to get some air. I took a good breath, looked back and front to the two exits, two emergency exits for the two compartments, before the end of the first compartment there are two emergency exits on the side, but nobody was opening them. I couldn't do anything else, I was really suffocating. I opened this door again. Saw a fire. There was a hole on the right hand side. I went through the hole.
REPORTER: Were people trying to get out that you could see?
SARAJCIC: I don't understand. They must have been really shocked. It was difficult because we were hanging down you see. It was difficult to open the straps you see".
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Background: Investigators probing the wreckage of the Yugoslav tour aircraft which crashed while landing at Rijeka airport on Saturday night, believe a burst tyre may be responsible. There have been other reports that the pilot, still in hospital suffering from shock, blamed the disaster on a freak rain squall which struck the plane at a crucial point during its landing run. These have been officially denied. Seventy eight of the 83 people aboard the aircraft died.
In order to bring the fastest and most comprehensive coverage of the disaster this story was serviced last night (Monday) with an accompanying commentary only. This sheet will keep your files up to date. Here's a transcript of an interview on the film with Jrajko Sarajcic, the only passenger to survive the disaster...