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Thursday, 21 July 2005


 

Stockport Air Disaster 1967

Location
Hopes Carr and Waterloo Road, Stockport, Cheshire.
(In Greater Manchester since the 1974
county boundary change).

Description
A boulder with a bronze plaque set in the top, in memory of, but not naming, those who lost their lives in the disaster

 

 

            Memorial, 1967 Air Crash, Stockport, Cheshire.

 

Inscription

IN MEMORY
OF THE
SEVENTY TWO PASSENGERS
AND CREW
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE
STOCKPORT AIR DISASTER
4TH JUNE 1967

 

Notes
A British Midland Airways Argonaut aircraft on a flight from Palma, Majorca, crashed at Hopes Carr in the centre of Stockport. It was on the approach to land at Ringway airport (now Manchester International) when its engines lost power due to fuel pump failure.

Twelve survivors were extracted from the crumpled wreckage before a fuel fire caught hold. The remaining seventy-two passengers and crew perished.

The crash occurred at 10 a.m. in the middle of a densely populated area. It is a miracle that no-one on the ground was killed.

An Argonaut was a Canadian built and British engine version of the Douglas DC4 airliner.

 

The Stockport air disaster in 1967 was one of the most shocking plane crashes of recent years.

Today the disaster is a distant memory and many have forgotten its unsung heroes.

But the men and women who risked their own lives to save others are finally being honoured three decades later.

A civic memorial was recently unveiled at the scene of the crash at Hopes Carr in Stockport.

The Stockport air disaster in 1967 was one of the most shocking plane crashes of recent years.

Today the disaster is a distant memory and many have forgotten its unsung heroes.

But the men and women who risked their own lives to save others are finally being honoured three decades later.

A civic memorial was recently unveiled at the scene of the crash at Hopes Carr in Stockport.

It's 35 years since the Stockport air crash in which 72 passengers and crew were killed.

Survivor Vivienne Thornber

Survivor Vivienne Thornber owes her life to the rescuers

The disaster happened when a British Midland flight crashed whilst trying to land at Manchester Airport.

 

 

The plane fell out of the sky when engine failure led to a loss of control.

The passengers stood little chance of survival so it's remarkable that there were 12 crash survivors.

The crash impact area suffered a massive amount of damage. Amazingly, there were no fatalities on the ground

 

The crash victims died horrifically after being trapped by the collapsing seats on the plane as the fire spread.

The rescuers watched in horror as they saw people dying.

The crash scene at Hopes Carr was one of total devastation with site resembling a battlefield.

 

The devastating crash scene

There were many stories of incredible courage.

                    Stockport air crash and firefighters            House hit by plane

                                        British Midland plane        British Midland plane

Heroes like the late PC Bill Oliver repeatedly risked his own life to pull survivors out of the burning wreckage before it exploded.

He was the first on the crash scene, and he pulled out two women as the plane became an inferno.

Former policeman PC John Heath was with the late PC Bill Oliver when they helped to rescue 12 survivors including Vivienne Thornber.

Others like Brian Quinn ran to the crash scene and scaled a ladder to get into the fuselage.

Baker Brian Donohoe was another hero who risked his own life to rescue the survivors.

North Westerners have experienced several traumatic air crashes and incidents over the last few decades.

The Stockport air disaster was one of the most traumatic crashes in that it happened over a densely populated area.

It was a miracle that hundreds didn't lose their lives.

The unsung hero of flight G-ALHG was Pilot Harry Marlow, who survived the crash. He brought the plane down in a safe area, avoiding a gasometer and block of flats.

It is only now that crash rescuers are now being given the recognition that they deserve.

A monument commemorating the rescuers was unveiled in Hopes Carr this month.

Brian Donohoe with David Hamilton

Hero Brian Donohoe was one of the first on the scene of the crash

The memorial is largely the work of one man - author Steve Morrin who has campaigned long and hard on behalf of the rescuers.

 

 

 

 

His book "The Day The Sky Fell Down" provides a moving account of the crash and the remarkable story of the rescue attempts

 

We celebrate the rescuers who saved lives on the day of the crash, and risked their own. Here are just some of them...

Articles From The Stockport Express 

Stockport Air Disaster

 

PERHAPS Stockport's darkest day - we look back to Sunday June 4 1967, when a passenger aircraft crashed onto the town, leaving 72 people dead.

Oh, my God. Hes coming down!

IT WAS a normal Sunday morning in Stockport in June, 1967, and people were going about their usual business.

 

My granddad saved girl from the plane

 

HEROIC granddad Brian Donohoe is still hoping for a medal - 35 years after he pulled a teenage girl from the blazing wreck of a crashed plane.

HEROIC grandad: Brian Donohoe.

Air disaster heroes

 

THE campaign to get recognition for the heroes of Hopes Carr has reawakened painful memories of Britain's first urban air disaster.

BRAVERY: Ernie Taylor with wife Kathleen.

Time to recognize air disaster heroes

 

THE Stockport Express bid to get the 1967 air disaster heroes rewarded for their bravery is gathering pace.

The Stockport Express' coverage of the 1967 air disaster.

PM backs air disaster campaign

 

PRIME Minister Tony Blair has resoundingly backed our campaign to officially recognize the bravery of Stockport's air crash rescuers.

Tony Blair.

Memorial service for air disaster victims

A MEMORIAL service took place to remember those who died in the Hopes Carr air crash 35 years previously.

Plaque to pay tribute to crash heroes

 

A SPECIAL commemorative plaque recognizing the heroes of Hopes Carr will be unveiled by Stockport Council.

Brian Donohue at the existing memorial.

40M revamp for crash site

A 40 MILLION plan to transform the site on which the Stockport air disaster occurred is set to be approved by councilors.

A FUTURE of hope?

 

 

 

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