• Short Summary

    Five Yugoslavian air traffic controllers are in detention in connection with the world's worst mid-air collision in which 176 people died on Friday (10 September).

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    1.
    GV Crane and rescue workers on wreckage of Trident (4 shots)
    0.34

    2.
    CU Belongings of passengers
    0.38

    3.
    GV Rescue workers in wreckage
    0.46

    4.
    GV Rescue workers sifting through remains of DC-9 in forest
    0.56

    5.
    GV Army helicopter hovering over field
    1.04

    6.
    GV British officials of inquiry
    1.12

    7.
    GV Villagers watch as ambulance goes by (3 shots)
    1.28

    8.
    GV Rescue workers and troops in remains of Trident
    1.42


    DRING: There was never any hope of survivors. The Trident started breaking up in the air. There was no explosion or fire on impact, but the experts say the crew and passengers would have been dead or unconscious long before that. The gruesome work of clearing away the debris from flight 476 began again this morning at first light. It was a slow, sad task. Most of the bodies had been trapped inside the crumpled hull. But the Yugoslavian civil defence teams, many of them volunteers, did as best they could, carefully collecting personal belongings, papers and documents. And making sure the dead were moved to the mortuary in Zagreb as quickly as possible. The Trident was at least recognisable. The DC-9 had caught fire on collision and was blown to pieces in the explosion that followed. Most of the wreckage fell into thick woods, five miles away from the British plane. Army helicopters were brought in to search the cornfields. But it is expected to take a long time before they are finished. For the British investigators too, it was the beginning of several months of analysis. Although at least some of the answers are already known. For the villagers of Vrbavec however, it's been a confusing and traumatic two days. Bodies fell in their gardens, twisted metal on their houses. And today the roads to their farms were sealed off by troops. All they could do was stand and watch. Nobody yet knows exactly what happened. But the investigation at the moment is centred around Zagreb airport and the work of the air traffic controllers. Five have in fact, been detained and could face prosecution.




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    Background: Five Yugoslavian air traffic controllers are in detention in connection with the world's worst mid-air collision in which 176 people died on Friday (10 September). But the exact cause of the disaster, in which a British Airways Trident and a Yugoslav DC-9 collided, is not yet known. BBC's Simon Dring visited the scene of the crash on Saturday (11 September) and sent this report.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8T2CZCOXJYK77IQNSBHDR2K6V
    Media URN:
    VLVA8T2CZCOXJYK77IQNSBHDR2K6V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/09/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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