Stockport air disaster in 1967 was one of the most shocking plane
crashes of recent years.
the disaster is a distant memory and many have forgotten its unsung
the men and women who risked their own lives to save others are
finally being honoured three decades later.
memorial was recently unveiled at the scene of the crash at Hopes
Carr in Stockport.
35 years since the Stockport air crash in
which 72 passengers and crew were killed.
Vivienne Thornber owes her life to the rescuers|
disaster happened when a British Midland flight crashed whilst trying
to land at Manchester Airport.
plane fell out of the sky when engine failure led to a loss of control.
passengers stood little chance of survival so it's remarkable that
there were 12 crash survivors.
crash impact area suffered a massive amount of damage. Amazingly,
there were no fatalities on the ground.
crash victims died horrifically after being trapped by the collapsing
seats on the plane as the fire spread.
rescuers watched in horror as they saw people dying.
crash scene at Hopes Carr was one of total devastation with site
resembling a battlefield.
devastating crash scene |
were many stories of incredible courage.
like the late PC Bill Oliver repeatedly risked his own life to pull
survivors out of the burning wreckage before it exploded.
was the first on the crash scene, and he pulled out two women as
the plane became an inferno.
policeman PC John Heath was with the late PC Bill Oliver when they
helped to rescue 12 survivors including Vivienne Thornber.
like Brian Quinn ran to the crash scene and scaled a ladder to get
into the fuselage.
Brian Donohoe was another hero who risked his own life to rescue
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.
was a miracle that hundreds didn't lose their lives.
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.
is only now that crash rescuers are now being given the recognition
that they deserve.
commemorating the rescuers was unveiled in Hopes Carr this month.
Brian Donohoe was one of the first on the scene of the crash|
memorial is largely the work of one man - author Steve Morrin who
has campaigned long and hard on behalf of the rescuers.
book "The Day The Sky Fell Down" provides a moving account
of the crash and the remarkable story of the rescue attempts.
a new generation are learning how these long-forgotten heroes played
a courageous role in Cheshire's darkest day.