On 24 March, 1968 Aer Lingus Flight 712 crashed into the sea en route from Cork to London killing all 57 passengers and 4 crew. The ill-fated 'St. Phelim', a Vickers Viscount 803, crashed into the sea off the coast of Co. Wexford. The final communication with Flight 712 read "12,000 ft descending, spinning rapidly". The cause of the crash remains a mystery with many conspiracy theories emerging.
Micheal O'Brian reports on the efforts of the search and rescue services in finding the wreckage and the bodies of the passengers and crew. Only 14 bodies were recovered. It remains the single biggest loss in the history of Irish civil aviation.
A RTÉ News report from 25 March, 1968 introduced by Charles Mitchell and reported by Micheal O'Brian.