The aircraft was lined up approximately twenty degrees toward the right
hand side of the runway. In split seconds the pilots had cut the switches
and prepared for a crash. the huge place barked once and the engines were
silent as it climbed a steep bank and headed for the bush line and a deep
gully beyond. At this point, the right hand undercarriage collapsed and
the plane using the right wing-tip as an axis of turn, the plane spun
within feet of the chasm.
engine tore free of its mountings as the ship came to a grinding stop.
Witnesses rushed to the plane as the passengers quickly descended from
the open door. The bilious smell of gasoline fumes warned them of an immediate
danger of fire and possible explosion.
quick-witted member of the crash crew immediately warned spectators and
prospective rescuers that the cargo consisted of dynamite cases. This
had a visible effect on the mob of men, who had charged in force to the
airstrip at the sounding of the E.M.R. siren. These men who were more
than eager to help in the emergency were quickly dispersed as a cordon
of men guarded the area around the wreck.
damage was done to the plane. But mostly due to the competence and calmness
of the crew, no one was seriously injured.
passengers, including two children, have very likely had sufficient flying
to keep them grounded for some time. Or as one Indian woman on the flight
asked, "Does the big plane land like that all the time?"
Note: Our thanks to Rudy Jalonen for sending in this newspaper clipping