• Short Summary

    RESCUE PARTIES WHICH TODAY (SUNDAY), REACHED THE SCENE OF THE BRITISH EAGLE AIRLINER CRASH AT INNSBRUCK, IN AUSTRIA, REPORTED THAT WRECKAGE HAD BEEN SCATTERED OVER AN AREA OF TWO SQUARE KILOMETRES (ONE SQUARE MILE).

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    FILM SHOWS SEARCH PARTIES STANDING BY AT INNSBRUCK WAITING FOR A BREAK IN THE WEATHER. BAD WEATHER PREVENTED SEARCH PLANES AND GROUND PARTIES LEAVING INNSBRUCK FOR THE SCENE OF THE CRASH UNTIL LATE TODAY. IT ALSO SHOWS, (SOF) A PRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN BY THE CHAIRMAN OF BRITISH EAGLE, MR. HAROLD BAMBERG, AT LONDON AIRPORT.



    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: QUESTION: "MR. BAMBERG, WHAT'S THE LATEST NEWS FROM INNSBRUCK?"



    MR. BAMBERG: ANSWER: "WELL, THE LATEST NEWS IS THAT THE AUSTRIAN COMMISSION ARE ON THEIR WAY TO THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT WITH A PARTY OF ABOUT A HUNDRED MAKING THEIR WAY TO THE CRASH AND, INCLUDED IN THE PARTY ARE TWO MEMBERS OF THE MINISTRY OF AVIATION OF OUR OWN COMPANY PERSONNEL; AND WHEN THEY REACH THE SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT WE SHALL HAVE A FULL REPORT OF EXACTLY WHAT THE POSITION IS."



    QUESTION: "CAN YOU SAY AT THIS TIME WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED THE ACCIDENT?"



    ANSWER: "I DON'T THINK I SHOULD DO SO AT THIS MOMENT, UNTIL WE HAVE COLLECTED ALL THE INFORMATION FROM INNSBRUCK AND THEN WE CAN MAKE A STATEMENT ON EXACTLY WHAT WE THINK TRANSPIRED. I THINK I'D LIKE TO ADD THAT WE'RE COMPLETELY SATISFIED THAT THE AIRCRAFT WAS TECHNICALLY IN FIRST CLASS ORDER AND WE KNOW THAT IT COULD NOT HAVE HAD A BETTER CREW ... A BETTER CAPTAIN OR CREW. CAPTAIN WILLIAMS HAD A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF EXPERIENCE ON THIS KIND OF AIRCRAFT AND HAD BEEN INTO INNSBRUCK A GOOD MANY TIMES BEFOREHAND -- THAT AIRCRAFT COULD NOT HAVE HAD A BETTER COMMANDER. I THINK I SHOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT WE'RE SUFFERING FROM A SENSE OF SHOCK AT THE MOMENT OVER THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT AND OUR SYMPATHY ... HEARTFELT SYMPATHY GOES TO THE RELATIVES OF THE PASSENGERS ON BOARD."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: RESCUE PARTIES WHICH TODAY (SUNDAY), REACHED THE SCENE OF THE BRITISH EAGLE AIRLINER CRASH AT INNSBRUCK, IN AUSTRIA, REPORTED THAT WRECKAGE HAD BEEN SCATTERED OVER AN AREA OF TWO SQUARE KILOMETRES (ONE SQUARE MILE). THE PLANE, A BRITANNIA, CRASHED INTO A MOUNTAIN TOP NEAR INNSBRUCK LAST NIGHT AND NONE OF THE 83 PASSENGERS AND CREW ABOARD SURVIVED.

    THE FIRST SIGHTING OF THE WRECKAGE WAS MADE BY AN AMERICAN AIR FORCE PLANE ABOUT 20 HOURS AFTER THE BRITANNIA LOST CONTACT WITH THE INNSBRUCK CONTROL TOWER. THE WRECKAGE LAY IN A DEPRESSION JUST BELOW THE SUMMIT OF THE 8,700 FEET HIGH, (2,600 METRES), GLUNGEZER PEAK.

    THE AIRCRAFT WHICH WAS PREPARING TO LAND CARRIED 75 PASSENGERS, INCLUDING SIX CHILDREN, MOST OF WHOM WERE BOUND FOR A SKIING HOLIDAY.

    IN THE MEANTIME, AUSTRIAN CIVIL AVIATION EXPERTS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPANY ARE MAKING A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION. IN LONDON, THE CHAIRMAN OF BRITISH EAGLE, MR. HAROLD BAMBERG, DECLINED TO MAKE ANY COMMENT ON A POSSIBLE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT -- THE WORST IN AUSTRIA'S AVIATION HISTORY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5Y9A2ECQ1TUKBR0J9QA0AIHOW
    Media URN:
    VLVA5Y9A2ECQ1TUKBR0J9QA0AIHOW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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