Investigations are continuing into the cause of an air crash that killed more than fifty people at Bangkok airport on Christmas day.
GV Pan plane flying over the crash site
GV of the wrecked textile mill
Interior Minister Samak and Police officials
SV Officials searching passengers' belongings
SV Egyptian Airline officials
SV crashed jet engine in the factory ruins
Egyptian airline investigators pointing to the engine
Close up of the engine
GV of the crashed site
Investigators checking flight information box (3 shots)
GV pan helicopter flying over the wrecked textile mill
SV rescue workers digging out bodies from plane wreckage
SV body being wrapped up
SV cutaway of people looking at crash site
SV burnt body being carried away
GV pan jet plane flying over the wrecked factory
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Background: Investigations are continuing into the cause of an air crash that killed more than fifty people at Bangkok airport on Christmas day.
The air crash occurred as an Egyptian airliner on route from Saudi Arabia to Tokyo, attempted to land in heavy fog during the early hours of Christmas morning.
Eye witnesses have told official investigators that the airliner appeared to approach the runway too low and ploughed into a factory exploding over paddy fields at the end of the tarmac.
Egyptian Airline officials have arrived in Bangkok to assist in the investigations into the cause of the disaster.
The textile factory was completely destroyed by the force of the impact. Thai officials said three factory workers had been confirmed dead and seventeen others were still missing, believed dead. Reuters News Agency reports that the death toll within the factory would have been much higher except that many of the two hundred men on the night shift were taking a break when the plane smashed into the roof.
A spokesman for the factory said a preliminary estimate of the damage could amount to more than five million US dollars.
Passengers aboard the airliner included several Japanese, Malaysians and a group of Thais returning from a pilgrimage to the Moslem holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.