- Title: EL SALVADOR: BODIES OF GUATEMALAN AIRLINE CRASH LOCATED
- Date: 10th August 1995
- Summary: LA FINCONA, EL SALVADOR (AUGUST 10, 1995) (RTV-ACCESS ALL) 1. GV PANS TO MOUNTAINSIDE 0.11 2. SLV/SV EL SALVADOREAN TROOPS (3 SHOTS) 0.26 3. SV/ZOOM WRECKED FUSELAGE BEHIND POLICE TAPE (2 SHOTS) 0.30 4. GV PANS/SV RESCUERS AT SCENE OF CRASH (2 SHOTS) 0.49 5. MCU SUITCASE WITH DEAD WOMAN/VARIOUS DEAD BODIES ON HILLSIDE (4 SHOTS) 1.18 6. SV BODY BAG ON STRETCHER/ RAFT HANGING FROM TREE (2 SHOTS) 1.29 7. GV WRECKAGE AND RESCUE TEAM 1.36 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: LA FINCONA, EL SALVADOR
- Country: El Salvador LATIN AMERICA
- Duration: 00:01:36
- Story Text: All 65 people aboard a Guatemalan jet were killed when it crashed into a volcano during a violent storm in central El Salvador, airline officials said on Thursday (August 10).
The Aviateca Boeing 737 was on its way from Miami, Florida to San Jose, Costa Rica when it burst into flames late on Wednesday on impact with Chichontepec volcano, some 38 miles (60 kms) east of San Salvador, witnesses said.
The plane was preparing to land for a scheduled stopover in San Salvador international airport when it was hit by a sudden rainstorm, Aviateca president Frederick Melville said.
"There were corpses wherever you looked, and body parts everywhere...on the rocks and in the trees. The plane was totally destroyed," said Jose Maria Gamez, a police officer in the nearby town of San Vicente who visited the crash site late on Wednesday night.
The Aviateca Flight 901 was was carrying 58 passengers and seven crew members.
The airline said the passenger list included 16 Mexicans, 11 Guatemalans, 5 U.S. citizens, 5 Nicaraguans, 6 Norwegians, 2 Danes, 2 Brazilians, 4 Costa Ricans, and 7 of unknown origin.
Among the dead were the Danish ambassador to Nicaragua, Palle Marker, and his diplomatic counsellor, Niel Peter Kragh, the Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Also dead were the Brazilian ambassador to Nicaragua, Genaro Antonio Mucciolo, 60, and his wife, Magdalena Granizo de Mucciolo.
Mexican radio said a folkloric Mexican Mariachi band was also on board.
Aviateca president Frederick Melville said inspectors are searching for the black flight box to learn the exact cause of the crash, attributed to bad weather.
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