As a massive search begins to seek out the killers of 10 of the 18 survivors of a Viscount plane crash in the Urungwe Tribal Trust Lands in Rhodesia, reporters have been taken to the site of the crash and subsequent massacre.
LV and SV Troops walking amongst remains of aircraft. (2 shots)
SV Suitcases in piles TILT UP TO burnt-out fuselage.
GV Troops looking through wreckage.
GV Charred remains.
SV Officer explaining where survivor was shot (English speech)
SV Survivor in hospital.
CU Interviews with survivors, Hans Hanson and wife,and Anthony Hill (3 shots.)
REPORTER: "Inspector this is where the bodies were found?"
INSPECTOR: "Yes, yes you can see the blood marks. And one was right in here. It must have been lying in here, you can't hide away from them. Blood there. Whether she crawled difficult to say, but it appears to be the case."
In hospital in Kariba, survivors talked of the massacre which followed the crash.
SURVIVOR HANS HANSEN: "They said, 'We've come here to help you, to give you water, rescue you.'Then they just took them two metres away, and they said 'Put your arms up' and then they opened up with a lot of firing. I don't know how many rounds of fire, but a lot of firing."
SURVIVOR ANTHONY HILL: "I heard them obviously up this people were lying. And there was just one big burst of it, of gunfire, you know, then the odd small burst after that obviously just finishing off the ones that weren't killed in the first burst."
REPORTER: "Did you speak to the guerrillas at all. Did you hear anyone speak to them?"
HANS HANSEN: "Call them guerrillas. I would call them animals, absolutely horrors."
MRS. DIANE HANSEN: "Animals do not behave..."
HANSEN: "Animals don't behave in that manner, no."
Commenting on Mr. Nkomo's claim to have shot down the plane, Mr. Pat Travers, Air Rhodesia General Manager, said in a statement on Tuesday that there was at present no evidence to suggest the plane was brought down by hostile action. The crew, in their last Mayday messages had referred only to two of the plane's turbo-prop engines being out of action.
Survivors interviewed are; Danish born Hans Hansen a Kariba fisherman and his wife, Diane and Anthony Hill, a farmer from near Salisbury.
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Background: As a massive search begins to seek out the killers of 10 of the 18 survivors of a Viscount plane crash in the Urungwe Tribal Trust Lands in Rhodesia, reporters have been taken to the site of the crash and subsequent massacre.
SYNOPSIS: The Air Rhodesia Viscount airliner crashed on Sunday night after taking off from the Northern community of Kariba for Salisbury. On board were holidaymakers returning home. Eighteen of the 56 passengers survived, of whom 10 were later shot dead.
After asking survivors to show themselves on the pretext of bringing help, the killers shot them in clod blood, and then ransacked through suitcases. In Lusaka Patriotic Front Leader Joshua Nkoma claimed that his forces had shot down the airliner but denied his men massacred the survivors.