A DC-9 airliner carrying 83 passengers and five crew crashed just short of the runway at Logan International Airport, Boston, today (Tuesday, July 31).
GV rescue workers and police at scene of crash (2 shots)
GV Firemen among debris (2 shots)
CU Ambulances and rescue workers, some carrying bodies on stretchers (2 shots)
"The crash was apparently unnoticed for more than ten minutes. The plane had hit a small wall just before the runway as the pilot attempted to land using instruments because of poor visibility. It burst into flames on impact and completely disintegrated. Some bodies were thrown into the water and wreckage was scattered over a wide area. The rescue attempts were hampered because rescue vehicles became bogged down in the deep mud. But, while every available boat in Boston harbour was used to try and save those in water, police, ambulancemen, firemen and passengers who had been waiting for other flights came to the aid of those on land. A fleet of ambulances took the injured into hospital as firemen fought the blaze and searched for those still trapped. Those who were not killed or injured by the impact of the crash suffered serious burns and several died either on the ???ay to or in hospital. The official inquiry into the cause of the disaster has already started."
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This satellite coverage of the rescue operations from the National Broadcasting Company includes an English sound commentary by British Broadcasting Corporation reporter Chris Drake, transcribed below. An alternative is provided overpage:
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Background: A DC-9 airliner carrying 83 passengers and five crew crashed just short of the runway at Logan International Airport, Boston, today (Tuesday, July 31). The aircraft was approaching the runway in heavy fog flying across Boston Harbour. It crashed several hundred yards short of the runway, scattering wreckage over a wide area.
Rescue workers could confirm that only two people had survived the crash. Their rescue operations were hampered by the fact that part of the wreckage had fallen into the harbour. Boat owners were called into the help ambulancemen, police and firemen.
SYNOPSIS: Rescue workers move among the wreckage of a crashed DC-Nine Airliner, which plunged into the harbour area of Boston in thick fog on Tuesday. Officials said there was scarcely a piece of metal in the debris that could be associated with an airliner. yet early reports said at least two people survived the crash -- which happened as the airliner approached Boston's Logan International Airport in heavy fog. It was feared at least eight-six people died.
Rescue operations were hampered because some of the wreckage -- and the victims -- had been hurled into the nearby harbour waters. Every available boat was rushed to the scene to assist in the search. Victims were taken in a steady flow of ambulances to the city hospitals.