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    THE FUNERAL HAS BEEN HELD IN KINSHASA OF THE VICTIMS OF CONGO-KINSHASA'S WORST AIR CRASH IN WHICH 45 PEOPLE DIED.

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    HONOUR GUARD; BENERAL BOBOZO SPEAKS; VIP MOURNERS; COFFINS.




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    Background: THE FUNERAL HAS BEEN HELD IN KINSHASA OF THE VICTIMS OF CONGO-KINSHASA'S WORST AIR CRASH IN WHICH 45 PEOPLE DIED. FORTY-TWO PASSENGERS AND THREE CREW MEMBERS WERE LOST WHEN THEIR MILITARY AIRCRAFT PLUNGED INTO THE CONGO RIVER, NEAR KINSHASA AIRPORT LAST WEDNESDAY (16 APRIL).

    THE FUNERAL, WITH FULL MILITARY HONOURS, TOOK PLACE AT KINTAMBO CEMETERY.

    GENERAL BOBOZO, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE CONGOLESE NATIONAL ARMY, AND M. JOSEPH NSINGA, MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR, CONVEYED THE NATION'S GRIEF AND PRESIDENT MOBUTU'S CONDOLENCES TO THE BEREAVED RELATIVES.

    THE AIRCRAFT CARRYING THE VICTIMS HAD LEFT KINSHASA'S NDJILI AIRPORT TO FLY TO LULUABOURG, IN KATANGA PROVINCE, BUT RETURNED TO KINSHASA AFTER THE PILOT REPORTED UNDERCARRIAGE TROUBLE. THE PILOT WAS APPARENTLY CIRCLING THE AIRPORT TO USE UP FUEL WHEN THE CRASH OCCURRED.

    RESCUE TEAMS WERE ON THE SCENE QUICKLY, BUT IT IS FEARED A NUMBER OF THE VICTIMS WERE CARRIED AWAY BY THE STRONG CURRENT IN THE MILE-WIDE (1.6 KM) RIVER AS THE AIRCRAFT BROKE UP.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABKCKOLSR0DOP8THGJ1O7ANR13
    Media URN:
    VLVABKCKOLSR0DOP8THGJ1O7ANR13
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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