Today in Philippine History, July 28, 1963, 24 delagates to the 11th Boy Scout World Jamboree in Greece perished in a tragic plane crash

Friday July 27, 2012 ()

11th Boy Scout World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece
(Colegio de San Juan de Letran monument of Ramon Albano, Henry Chuatoco and Wilfredo Santiago of the Manila Scout Council. Photo credit: Wikipedia Comons.)

On July 28, 1963, 24 Boy Scouts and scouting officials, delegates of the Philippines to the 11th Boy Scout World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece, perished in an airplane crash of a United Arab Airlines (now EgyptAir) jetliner in the Bay of Bombay, India.

The delegation took a KLM flight for Hong Kong to catch a connecting United Arab Airlines flight to Athens, Greece. The Egyptian airliner, a British-made Comet jetliner had a stop over in Bangkok, Thailand on the night of July 27, 1963. The ill-fated plane carried 52 passengers and eight crew members. Among the passengers were 24 Filipino boy scouts and scout officials en route to the 11th World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece.

Today in Philippine History,  July 28, 1963, 24 delagates to the 11th Boy Scout World Jamboree in Greece perished in a tragic plane crash

The boy scouts who died in the plane crash

From the Manila Boy Scout Council

  • Ramon V. Albano
  • Henry Chuatoco
  • Jose Antonio Delgado
  • Pedro Gandia
  • Wilfredo Santiago and
  • Ascario Tuason, Jr.

From the Quezon City Council

  • Roberto Castor
  • Romeo R. Rallos and
  • Rogelio Ybardolaza.

The rest of the scouts

  • Victor de Guia, Jr. (Baguio City)
  • Antonio Limbaga (Zamboanga City)
  • Roberto Lozano (Dagupan City)
  • Paulo Madriñan (Pasay City)
  • Jose Fermin Magbanua (Negros Oriental)
  • Filamor Reyes and Antonio Torillo (Cavite)
  • Benecio Tobias (Tarlac) and
  • Felix Fuentebella, Jr., represented both the Manila and Goa, Camarines Sur Councils.

Only the bodies of Jose Delgado, Henry Chuatoco, Roberto Castor, Ascario Tuason, Jr., and Librado Fernandez were positively identified from among the human remains recovered in the Bay of Bombay.

Aviation authorities were not able to ascertain conclusively the cause of the accident. Sabotage was ruled out.

Reference:
Pambansang Komisyong Pangkasaysayan
Mabuhay Radio


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