film shows: memorial service for victims of klm tenerife aircrash victims held in airport hangar; mourners, coffins, choir singing hymn
lead in: in holland, a memorial service was held wednesday (april 6th) for the victims of the worst air-disaster the world has ever known: the head-on collision of two jumbo jets in the canary islands, last week (march 27th).
the multi-denominational service was conducted -- aptly enough - in an aircraft hangar at amsterdam's schiphol airport.
commentary: the cold, echoing vastness of hangar 11 seemed a fitting place to say a last farewell to the dutch victims of the crash. all 235 passengers and 14 crew members on board the klm jumbo died.
(up sound for hymn)
to the sound of the klm male choir singing "beati mortui" by mende issohn-bartholdy, mourners reflected on the disaster, the magnitude of which was hard to fathom -- even when presented with the proof: 249 coffins, drawn up in rows in this enormous hall.
the victims were for the most part holiday-makers. among the coffins here were the remains of 25 children and six babies.
the final blame for the crash is hard to pinpoint. it seems to have been caused by a number of contributing factors: fog, misunderstandings between crews and traffic control, and extra-heavy traffic at tenerife airport caused by the explosion of a bomb at las palmas some miles away.
mourners here did spare a thought, however, for the passengers on board the pan am plane, many of whom were also killed in the crash.