Transcribed from The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia, November 29, 1962, p. 3:

Dawn Search After Peru’s Air Disaster

 

LIMA, PERU, Nov. 28 (A.A.P.-Reuter).–Rescue workers at dawn today resumed the task of identifying the bodies of 97 people killed yesterday in the crash of a Brazillian Boeing-707 airliner, near Lima.

There were no survivors when the Boeing hit a 2,000 ft hill at Atocongo, 12 miles south of Lima, and burst into flames.

Doctors, nurses and police who climbed the steep, rock-bound hillside to the disaster scene found most victims burnt or mutilated beyond recognition.

Bodies and debris were scattered over a smoke-blackened area about 200 yards square.

The huge tail section was on the edge of a peak overlooking desert wastes.

A baby’s shoe lay nearby. Not for [sic] away was a broken gramophone record of a Brazilian samba.

The airliner, with 80 passengers and a crew of 17, was flying from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, bound for Lima, Peru, Bogota, Colombia, Panama City and Mexico City to Los Angeles, California. Ten bodies were brought into Lima before nightfall last night, including that of the Peruvian Minister of Agriculture, General J. Melgar, who was identified by a bracelet.

Other victims included 18 Americans and all 10 members of a Cuban delegation to a regional meeting of the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organisation at Rio de Janeiro. Among them was the president of the Cuban National Bank, Mr. R. C. Bonnila.

The Boeing’s owners, Varig Airlines, said the crew were Brazilians except for a German steward and a French stewardess.

According to news agency reports, 82 people on four continents were killed in air crashes earlier this week.

Associated Press says five Boeings had crashed with the loss of 416 lives before yesterday’s disaster.

The worst single commercial plane disaster in history was on June 3 last year when an Air France 707 crashed at orly airport near Paris, killing 130 persons, mostly American tourists. Two hostesses survived.