An Indian Airlines Caravelle airliner crashed in flames at Bombay's Santa Cruz Airport early on Tuesday (12 October), killing all 95 people who were on board.
GV Broken off tail section of aircraft lying in field PAN TO people walking through wreckage spread over wide area
MV Burned out engine PAN TO section of fuselage
MV PAN Smouldering debris of engine and fuselage
MV PAN Debris from interior of plane PAN TO policeman picking out object from wreckage
MV Wheel section
MV PAN Personal belongings scattered among wreckage of fuselage
GV Police and officials standing talking near tail section on wreckage
It was reported that there were a small number of foreigners among the passengers, but their nationalities is were not immediately known. In June an Air France Jumbo Jet was destroyed after catching fire just before take-off from Santa Cruz airport, but all the 390 people on board were rescued.
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Background: An Indian Airlines Caravelle airliner crashed in flames at Bombay's Santa Cruz Airport early on Tuesday (12 October), killing all 95 people who were on board.
SYNOPSIS: The aircraft was in trouble soon after take-off when an engine caught fire and then the airliner began to disintegrate in the air as its captain fought to bring it back for a landing. It crashed just short of the main airport runway, and wreckage was spread over a wide area.
An airliner official said there were no survivors among the 89 passengers and six crew members. The plane had been on a domestic flight from Bombay to Madras which had been delayed for seven-and-a-half hours because of engine trouble in the Boeing aircraft originally scheduled to operate the flight. The passengers were subsequently transferred to the Caravelle. Bombay police said later that 58 bodies had been recovered from the grassy area where the plane crashed.
Officials praised the skill of the Captain who steered the crippled plane between hangars and petrol storage tanks in a vain effort to crash land. Most of the bodies were unrecognisable.