- Title: GREECE: BODIES OF BOEING CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED AT ATHENS MORGUE.
- Date: 11th September 1974
- Summary: 1. LV Ambulances outside morgue 0.05 2. SCU PAN Body carried into morgue followed by weeping woman 0.17 3. CU Another weeping woman 0.24 4. SV PAN Another body carried into morgue 0.34 5. CU Grieving man 0.38 6. SV PAN Another body out of ambulance into morgue 1.01 Initials BB/1540 BL/MR/BB/1725 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: ATHENS, GREECE
- Country: Greece
- Duration: 00:01:01
- Story Text: The possibility of sabotage in Sunday's (8 September) air crash off the Greek coast was ruled out by the Athens Coroner on Tuesday (10 September).
The ruling was given after the bodies of 24 victims of the crash had been examined by a combined Greek-American investigating team.
The bodies were recovered from the Ionian Sea by a small armada of Greek vessels and units of the United States Sixth Fleet. There were 88 people on board the TWA Boeing 707. The recovered bodies were found floating in the sea. The rest were believed to have been trapped in the aircraft by safety belts as it sank 10,000 feet (3,000 metres) to the sea bed.
The recovered bodies were flown to the United States airbase near Athens and transferred from there to the Athens mortuary, where they ere identified.
There were emotional scenes at the mortuary as relatives and friends waited to identify the air crash victims.
The Beeing -- owned by Trans World Airlines -- crashed about 30 minutes after taking off from Athens on a flight from Tel Aviv to New York. There had been speculation that the crash was the work of a guerrilla organisation.
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