June 8, 1989 |
A Surinamese jetliner trying to land in dense fog clipped treetops and broke apart near the airport in this South American capital on Wednesday, killing 169 of those aboard, the government-run news agency said. Thirteen or 14 people were believed to have survived. At least three Americans, the cockpit crew, were aboard the plane when it hit a treetop on its third attempt to land in "extremely bad" weather, an airline spokesman said. Three of Suriname's senior military leaders were aboard the plane, as were at least three top Dutch soccer players of Surinamese origin.