- Title: THAILAND, MORE THAN FIFTY PEOPLE DIE IN CHRISTMAS DAY AIR DISASTER
- Date: 25th December 1976
- Summary: 1. GV Pan plane flying over the crash site 7 ft 2. GV of the wrecked textile mill 11 ft 3. Interior Minister Samak and Police officials 14 ft 4. SV Officials searching passengers' belongings 17 ft 5. SV Egyptian Airline officials 19 ft 6. SV crashed jet engine in the factory ruins 21 ft 7. Egyptian airline investigators pointing to the engine 23 ft 8. Close up of the engine 25 ft 9. GV of the crashed site 27 ft 10. Investigators checking flight information box (3 shots) 33 ft 11. GV pan helicopter flying over the wrecked textile mill 37 ft 12. SV rescue workers digging out bodies from plane wreckage 39 ft 13. SV body being wrapped up 42 ft 14. SV cutaway of people looking at crash site 44 ft 15. SV burnt body being carried away 47 ft 16. GV pan jet plane flying over the wrecked factory 52 ft Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 9th January 1977 12:00
- Location: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Reuters ID: LVA6WARJ9B93ZL0NHBU0CX4VK5QZ
- Story Text: Investigations are continuing into the cause of an air crash that killed more than fifty people at Bangkok airport on Christmas day.
The air crash occurred as an Egyptian airliner on route from Saudi Arabia to Tokyo, attempted to land in heavy fog during the early hours of Christmas morning.
Eye witnesses have told official investigators that the airliner appeared to approach the runway too low and ploughed into a factory exploding over paddy fields at the end of the tarmac.
Egyptian Airline officials have arrived in Bangkok to assist in the investigations into the cause of the disaster.
The textile factory was completely destroyed by the force of the impact. Thai officials said three factory workers had been confirmed dead and seventeen others were still missing, believed dead. Reuters News Agency reports that the death toll within the factory would have been much higher except that many of the two hundred men on the night shift were taking a break when the plane smashed into the roof.
A spokesman for the factory said a preliminary estimate of the damage could amount to more than five million US dollars.
Passengers aboard the airliner included several Japanese, Malaysians and a group of Thais returning from a pilgrimage to the Moslem holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
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