Aviation experts have begun their probe into the cause of the fire that wrecked a Danish Caravelle airliner in Teheran, Iran, on Friday (15 March).
GV Plane inruins with burnt seats in foreground.
CU ZOOM OUT & PAN from burnt-out porthole to wing and cockpit.
CU Burnt fuselage. (2 shots)
CU Clothes and possessions on ground.
CU Air hostess in hospital bed.
CU Air hostess speaking.
CU Male passenger with burned hands speaks.
CU Female passenger speaks from bed.
CU Elderly lady in bed listens to reporter.
A transcription of the interviews appears below:-
AIR HOSTESS: "My position was in the foreward pantry. I was waiting for the two bells to sit down, but the curtain was so I could see the people. I could see in the main cabin all the time and then suddenly it was like bumping and explosions and I saw fire and smoke in the cabin and then I opened the main door and drew out the slide and then after that I was going to the service door opposite the main and the airport guard, he has opened the door but I don't know, I don't think he know how to use the slide so I got the slide off but it was burning - I don't think, I think that just two people were coming out that way from the service door because it was burning mostly on that side. And then I saw in the cabin people was running and they had started to move the emergency windows and they were jammed out of the main doors. And then there was nothing else to do and I was jumping out from the cockpit window."
MALE PASSENGER: "It was so hot, the plane, the wings were so hot and we, and was necessary to run out on the wings because there were flames out of the aeroplane and when we got higher up and had to jump many metres I think".
FEMALE PASSENGER: "Everything is smashed you see? And I don't understand that, I'm saying what is happening here....a lot of people screaming and I stay near the door where we can get out you see and some people say to me "Smash the door out" but I could never open the door and I threw my legs and smashed the door out and could get out of the aeroplane you see. And I looked again and I think five minutes the aeroplane was no more".
REPORTER: "Will you please tell describe for our viewers how was it, what happened in this crash?"
ELDERLY FEMALE PASSENGER: "No, I am very sorry. My husband is dead. I'm coming to Denmark."
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Background: Aviation experts have begun their probe into the cause of the fire that wrecked a Danish Caravelle airliner in Teheran, Iran, on Friday (15 March).
Fifteen people died and 51 of the 96 passengers aboard the plane were injured in the accident. It happened as the plane - owned by Sterling Airways - was taxiing for take off at Mohrabad Airport.
The injured are in five hospitals in Teheran, many with burns and some with broken legs and twisted ankles sustained when they jumped from the blazing plane. Thirty people escaped unhurt from the plane, which was taking off for Copenhagen.
Some of the passengers - and one of the air hostesses - were interviewed in their hospital beds after the accident. They told of the panic that broke out in the main cabin, as the passengers tried to escape.