Crashes

Well, the Apple 10.2.9 system software update gave my computer the Black Screen Of Death, and I hate to admit it but I never had got around to figuring out how Time Machine works in Mavericks. Well, after a week with a rental and a bill for data recovery, I learned quickly.

So, where were we? Ah yes, this was sitting right on the desktop just before the crash…

50 years ago last week, as Innsbruck was just cleaning up after it’s first hosting of the Olympic Games, it experienced its first serious aviation tragedy — and in fact it remains the worst crash in Austria’s aviation history.

On February 29, 1964 a British Eagle “Britannia 312” from London Heathrow approached Innsbruck’s airport, carrying ski tourists on holiday. Making to circle before landing, it crashed into the side of the Glungezer, killing all 83 on board.
While the Wikipedia entry implies that the cause was pilot error, an interview on ORF (g) brings to light a problem with the maps.

“A mistake in the the maps was the actual cause — the pilot was using a flight map which included the signal light on the Patscherkofel [the next summit, closer to the airport] but not the 400 meter higher Glungezer.”

80 meters higher, and the plane would have flown over the summit and on to the airport.

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(Image found here)

Raw, uncut  footage of the recovery mission. No sound. However, there are bodies. Nothing gruesome by today’s standards, but you might want to know in advance.

Paschberg writes of a trek up to the site with his father, where they found unidentified bits and pieces from the plane (g) some twenty years after the crash.

There is now a memorial stone shrine at the site, with a plaque in memory of the victims.

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