Evening Post Wed April 11th 1973
Six mystery passengers, lying unconscious and unidentified this afternoon in Swiss hospitals, hold the key to the final death roll of the shattered charter plane. Vanguard Close relatives, preparing to fly out to the crash scene tonight, were still waiting in hope that their families would be among the six. Hundreds of Swiss police and soldiers, combing the hillside where Vanguard Oscar Pappa lies wrecked, found three more bodies, bringing the known death total to 99.
Invicta International Air- lines in London said this afternoon that seven people were still missing, 39 others were safe. But it’s the six mystery passengers who are causing them problems and means delay in publishing any of the dead and missing list “This is why we are having difficulties telling next of kin. As soon as we can identify all these Six survivors we will notify relatives of the 106 who are dead or missing,” explained Invicta spokesman Mr. Robert Bevan.
There are still no details of tonight’s flight to Basle being arranged by Invicta. But about 100 relatives are said to be preparing to fly out. The company have asked them to keep in touch, either with their London office on 01-930-0451 or at a special centre on Lulsgate 2477.
Identification difficulties facing the Swiss authorities were described as “tremendous” by Invicta. This afternoon the company issued their first list of known dead crew members. their own Dead were: Captain Ivor Terry (47) of Cliftonville, Kent, married with four children. He joined the firm in 1967 after 23 years with the R.A.F. and had over 10,000 flying hours to his credit. Captain Antony Dorman (34), joined Invicta 1971, over 5,000 flying hours to his credit. Stewardess Joy Sadler and Stewardess Jill Manning both from Luton. Two other stewardesses survived Daphne Axten and Elizabeth Low.
Flags flew at half-mast at Lulsgate Airport today. Offers of aid and cash were already beginning to flow into the three villages hit so hard by the tragedy. Separate funds are to be established for each parish in the Axbridge area to aid bereaved families was announced by its rural council chairman, Mr. John Walter. Already Invicta have despatched a five-strong team to the crash scene to co-ordinate inquiries when relatives arrive and investigations on join the spot.