At least ten people perished in Chicago, USA, when a Trans-World Airline Constellation cargo plane crashed into a row of houses five minutes after take-off from Chicago's Midway Airport, Nov. 24.
GV. Flaming plane debris
GV. PAN from burning plane debris to two firemen and damaged building
SV. Firemen at work
SV. Flames and wreckage
SV. PAN from firemen to burning house
SV. Firemen and debris
CV. Levering wreckage
SV: Firemen near stretcher
SV. PAN..stretcher carried
SV. BACK SHOT..above
SV. Firemen and hose, PAN to other firemen near houses
SV. Firemen near burning debris
SV. TOPS SHOT..stretcher carried by firemen
GV. PAN.. smouldering debris
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: At least ten people perished in Chicago, USA, when a Trans-World Airline Constellation cargo plane crashed into a row of houses five minutes after take-off from Chicago's Midway Airport, Nov. 24. The plane had discharged cargo from New York and Philadelphia, and had taken on a new load for Los Angeles.
Victims were the three-man crew, and seven of eight persons in the devastated houses.
Flames destroyed many people trapped in their beds. Petrol from the plane, three wrecked parked cars, and two razed private garages fed the inferno.
The plane had radioed Midway Airport control-tower, requesting permission to return after only five minutes in the air. Rain and fog had reduced visibility to a minimum. Eye-witnesses reported seeing flames licking the circling aircraft's fuselage. On its descent towards the runway, the Constellation dipped and plunged earthwards, five hundred yards short of safety, slicing off a bungalow roof and smashing itself on an apartment house, scattering blazing debris over a wide area.
Time of the crash was faithfully recorded by the plane's electric clock, which stopped at 5.37 a.m.