• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

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    GV. Flaming plane debris
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    2.
    GV. PAN from burning plane debris to two firemen and damaged building
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    3.
    SV. Firemen at work
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    4.
    SV. Flames and wreckage
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    SV. PAN from firemen to burning house
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    6.
    SV. Firemen and debris
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    7.
    CV. Levering wreckage
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    8.
    SV: Firemen near stretcher
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    SV. PAN..stretcher carried
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    SV. BACK SHOT..above
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    SV. Firemen and hose, PAN to other firemen near houses
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    12.
    SV. Firemen near burning debris
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    SV. TOPS SHOT..stretcher carried by firemen
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    GV. PAN.. smouldering debris
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    15.
    GV. Houses
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    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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA781HLLWVC0PX78VK4DD228SVM
    Media URN:
    VLVA781HLLWVC0PX78VK4DD228SVM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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