Monday, July 27, 2015

July 28, 1963: World Scout Jamboree bound Philippine Boy Scouts Perish in Plane Crash.

July 28, 1963, Filipino boy scouts aboard EgyptAir bound for Greece for the 11th World Scout Jamboree crashed in India.

On July 28, 1963, 24 Boy Scouts and scouting officials (20 scouts, 3 officials, and 1 chaplain) 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 ill-fated plane carried 52 passengers and eight crew members. Aviation authorities were not able to ascertain conclusively the cause of the accident. Sabotage was ruled out.

The boy scouts who died in the plane crash:

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

The Boy Scout Monument

Today, if you pass by the Tomas Morato street and Timog Avenue area, you will notice that certain streets in that central Quezon City district commonly referred to as the Scout Area (embraced by barangays Laging Handa, Obrero, Paligsahan, Roxas, and Sacred Heart) were named in their honor.

The Boy Scouts Memorial Rotonda in the Timog-Morato intersection in
Quezon City: immortalizing scouts who perished in a plane crash . tags:
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