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BBC Midlands Today at 50: Kegworth air disaster

The Kegworth air disaster in 1989 is one of the biggest stories to have been covered on BBC Midlands Today, which is marking its 50th anniversary.

A Boeing 737, British Midland Flight 92, crashed onto the M1 motorway and 47 people were killed.

The plane came down on 8 January 1989, yards from the village of Kegworth, just a few hundred feet short of the runway at East Midlands Airport, 45 minutes after taking off from Heathrow.

As we look back at how some of the main stories have been covered, the work of firefighters and the impact on local people are highlighted in extracts from two BBC Midlands Today reports from the time.

Airport chairman David Wilcox said firefighters' training was "very valuable" while chief fire officer Barry Pearson said rescue teams "did a marvellous job".

  • 28 Sep 2014