- Title: ZAIRE: INVESTIGATIONS INTO CRASH OF RUSSIAN PLANE CONTINUE
- Date: 9th January 1996
- Summary: KINSHASA, ZAIRE (JANUARY 9 AND 10, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) (JANUARY 9) 1. PAN CROWD GATHERED IN FLATTENED MARKET PLACE / WRECKAGE OF PLANE SMOULDERING 0.24 2. SV INVESTIGATORS SIFTING THOUGH WRECKAGE (3 SHOTS) 0.50 3. SLV TAIL OF PLANE 0.54 4. SV RED CROSS WORKERS SPRAYING AREA OF CRASH 1.06 5. SLV WRECKED CAR EXAMINED BY OFFCIALS 1.13 6. SLV EXTERIOR HOSPITAL 1.17 7. GV INTERIOR WARD 1.19 8. SV INJURED SURVIVORS OF CRASH IN HOSPITAL BEDS (3 SHOTS) 1.30 (JANUARY 10) 9. LV EXTERIOR PROTESTANT CATHEDRAL 1.34 10.SV PRIME MINISTER KENGO WA DONDO ARRIVING 1.42 11.SV PRESIDENT MOBUTU SESE SEKO ARRIVING 1.47 12.GV/LV/SV MEMORIAL SERVICE TAKING PLACE INSIDE CATHEDRAL (6 SHOTS) 2.30 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: KINSHASA, ZAIRE
- Country: Congo, Democratic Republic of
- Duration: 00:02:32
- Story Text: Officials on Friday (January 12) were continuing their investigation into the crash of a Russian plane onto a market in Zaire which left more than 350 people dead.
The cargo plane ploughed into a teeming market in the country's capital of Kinshasa on Monday (January 8), careering for some 100 metres (yards).
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said at least 350 people died. The toll would make it the world's third worst civilian air disaster.
On Tuesday (January 9) and Wedesday (January 10) the clean-up of the accident continued.
Impoverished Zaireans looking for scrap metal to make pots and pans plundered the wreckage of the plane.
The plane's flight recorder was found and sent to Europe for expert analysis and its Russian crew are in police custody.
Also on Wednesday, President Mobutu Sese Seko interrupted a self-imposed exile to attend a memorial for more than 350 plane crash victims.
An honour guard of soldiers in the national colours of red, gold and green and wearing leopard skin hats lined the nave of the protestant Cathedral of the Centenary as Mobutu strode down the red carpet to read his own message of condolence.
The mass of around 30 minutes was short by Zaire standards.
Represntatives of the main denominations -- Roman Catholic, protestant and the indigenous Kimbanguist -- all spoke.
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