Man Uses Cellular Phone to Call Rescuers After Plane Crash
PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand (AP) _ Seconds after the commuter plane crashed into a hillside today, killing three people, passenger William McGorry stumbled through the wreckage and called for help _ on his cellular phone.
Two passengers and a stewardess were killed when the Ansett New Zealand Dash-8 jet plane smashed into a hilly sheep pasture, 7 miles east of Palmerston North airport, in the center of the North Island.
Eighteen survivors were hospitalized, four of them seriously injured.
McGorry, 44, dialed the emergency assistance number.
When the operator asked whether he wanted police, the fire brigade or an ambulance, he replied: ``Get me everything.″
McGorry spent 45 minutes telling air traffic controllers whether the sound of rescue choppers was getting louder or fainter in the dense fog and low cloud.
``I told them when I could hear the helicopters and whether they were going away from us or towards us,″ he said later in an nearby hospital where he was treated for shoulder and back injuries.