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From the Archives (June 14, 1968): Escape of 56 persons in plane crash

Six persons were killed when a Boeing-707 Pan-American Airways jet liner, with 53 passengers and crew of 9 on board, crash-landed in a field adjoining Dum Dum airport here [Calcutta] early this morning [June 13]. Of the 56 passengers and crew rescued, 20 were injured, two of them seriously. The incoming Boeing flight from Bangkok undershot while landing and hit the ground of a field about 4,000 feet away from the runway before it caught fire, and was burnt completely, according to an Aviation spokesman. The six dead were five passengers, including three women, and an air hostess. The pilot of the aircraft was seriously injured. After post mortem, the Police handed over the bodies to the Pan American Airways. Of the injured who were removed to a nursing home here, one was in serious condition, an Airways spokesman said here to-night. The Police said that post mortem examination of the six bodies recovered from the site of the crash revealed that four among the dead were women. A charred lump of flesh was found clinging to one of the bodies and this was stated to be the remains of a child. The Boeing, which was landing in heavy rain in the early hours of the morning, first hit the top of a tree, then the roof of a house, and finally crash-landed in the adjoining field and dragged through for about 900 feet before it ended in flames. All the wheels and port engines were broken.

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