Saturday, 8 January 2011

The Kegworth Air Disaster

It is 22 years ago today the a Boeing 737 crashed on the M1 motorway killing 44 people.

As I live quite close to Kegworth I'm surprised that more effort of remembrance isn't made.

It was very sad as it would appear human error helped cause the crash.

It was a very new plane. I think if memory serves me right it was only 2 weeks old.

What happened is that one of the engines caught fire on the way from London to Ireland and the pilot decided to divert to East Midlands Airport as that was fairly near and the company's main base.

The trouble was that in the confusion the wrong engine was shut down and the aircraft crashed on the motorway which is right next to East Midlands.

I understand that the airport fire brigade stopped the casualty list from being much higher by crashing through the perimeter fence to get to the site more quickly.

Fortunately there were no casualties on the motorway since I believe traffic had been stopped further back by the police.

On this day (8th January) the following also happened.

In 1642 Death of Galileo

In 1942 German troops began the retreat from Leningrad.

In 1935 Elvis Presley was born

John F.Beaumont

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