• Short Summary

    Fifty-nine people ware killed when a Lufthansa Jumbo jet crashed on take-off from Kenya's Embakasi Airport, near Nairobi, on Wednesday (20 November).

  • Description

    1.
    SV&MV Fireman direct hoses on wreckage(2 shots)
    0.13

    2.
    MV Charred body in wreckage
    0.18

    3.
    MV Firemen carrying hose over wreckage
    0.22

    4.
    SV Firemen spraying hose over wreckage
    0.30

    5.
    SV Part of burnt fuselage
    0.34

    6.
    SV Aircraft flying over PAN DOWN TO smouldering wreckage and firemen
    0.43

    7.
    MV Firemen direct hoses on wreckage
    0.46

    8.
    MV Name "Hessen" on piece of wreckage
    0.50

    9.
    MV Firemen direct foam hoses on wreckage
    1.00

    10.
    CU Mr. John Bing speaking to reporter
    1.50

    11.
    CU PAN Debris and personal effects (2 shots)
    2.02

    12.
    CU Personal belongings PAN UP TO officials examining documents
    2.14

    13.
    MV Bodies on ground
    2.24

    14.
    MV Rescuers lifting body onto lorry
    2.34

    15.
    MV Main wreck of fuselage
    2.38


    BING: "From the moment of take-off there was a rather violent juddering and an obvious, unusual attitude of climbing ... and from my window seat over the port wing I could see the landing edge of the outer port engine, which appeared to be moving to a rather unsual degree in a vertical manner. The aircraft then lost height and eventually ditched."




    Initials ET/253 ET/327


    This film includes an interview in English with one of the survivors, Mr. John Bing. A transcription of which is as follows:

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Fifty-nine people ware killed when a Lufthansa Jumbo jet crashed on take-off from Kenya's Embakasi Airport, near Nairobi, on Wednesday (20 November).

    It was the first fatal crash involving a Jumbo jetliner. The giant aircraft burst into flames soon after hitting the ground, but 98 passengers and crew managed to scramble to safety before the flames completely engulfed the plane.

    Most of the survivors owed their lives to the hostesses and stewards of the German airline who pushed people down rescue chutes.

    Others crawled through holes in the gaping fuselage which ripped apart as it hit the ground.

    Eyewitnesses said the plane appeared to lose power after it had climbed only about 100 feet (about 30 metres).

    It then plunged down, tail first, into wasteland at the end of the airport.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA888BUWF41BWGFDWQO2P7PDPN9
    Media URN:
    VLVA888BUWF41BWGFDWQO2P7PDPN9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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