A chilean Airliner made an emergency landing near Ezeiza International Airport in Argentina just before midnight on Friday, and all 64 people aboard scrambled to safety through emergency chutes before the aircraft burst into flames.
GV PAN Burnt out fuselage of plane.
SV Burnt out engine.
GV PAN Burnt out aircraft with people examining debris. (3 SHOTS)
SV Firemen sifting through debris. (3 SHOTS)
CU TILT UP Escape chute on ground and burnt out aircraft.
GV ZOOM OUT Sign "Atomic Centre" and road leading to nuclear zone.
GV Hospital at Ezeiza. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Injured passenger Stuart Allen from Florida on stretcher.
CU Allen speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 9: ALLEN: "The Captain came on the intercom and said we're coming into Buenos Aires.. fasten your seat belts. Everything was normal, we had no warning. There was no warning. Nobody said a word to us. I thought we were landing and all of a sudden the plane seemed to rise again. And there was a sharp thump the sort of thing you might have a very bad landing on a normal air strip. A very hard landing. And that's what I thought it was. Then there was five seconds in the air and then that was it."
REPORTER: "What was it? What happened then?"
ALLEN: "A succession of impacts that were very sharp."
REPORTER: "So how did you get out?"
ALLEN: "I was sitting in the seat next to the emergency exit and I immediately unstrapped, and opened the door, because a lot of people were screaming on the plane and I didn't know if they were hurt. I opened the door and then we all got off through that exit and helped each other out."
REPORTER: "All the passengers got out okay?"
ALLEN: "As far as I know. As far as I know."
REPORTER: "What about the cabin crew? Do you know anything about them?"
ALLEN: "I don't know. I don't know."
Of the injured, only 13 were confined to hospital. Among those injured were the flight crew, including the pilot and co-pilot.
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Background: A chilean Airliner made an emergency landing near Ezeiza International Airport in Argentina just before midnight on Friday, and all 64 people aboard scrambled to safety through emergency chutes before the aircraft burst into flames.
SYNOPSIS: The Chilean Boeing 707 airliner left Santiago six hours after schedule. It made an emergency landing in the wooded area three miles off the Ezeiza International landing area and burst into flames.
Firemen and rescue teams rushed to the scene, but only two teams reached the aircraft. Five others got stuck in the mud of the swampy area surrounding the airport. The firemen who fought the firs had to use chemicals. Source said the aircraft's tail caught fire after brushing trees while making the emergency landing. Firemen gave up as the flames were closing in one the fuel tanks of the plane.
People inside the plane scrambled through emergency chutes to safety. One passenger said there was panic aboard, as the plane landed with a violent crash in one wing. Apparently there was not a hint of any trouble throughout the flight from Santiago. One passenger said that two minutes after the pilot announced that they were due to land passengers felt a violent jolt and the plane appeared to be out of control.
Airline authorities said that 22 people were injured, but there was no danger of loss of life. One of the passengers, Stuart Allen from Florida, USA talked about the crash.