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Winter Hill disaster: Memorial service held in Isle of Man

Wreckage of the plane on Winter Hill
Image caption Just seven people survived the accident on 27 February 1958

A memorial service to commemorate the 35 people who died in the Winter Hill air disaster 58 years ago has been held in the Isle of Man.

Only seven of the 42 people on board the aircraft survived the plane crash in Lancashire on 27 February 1958.

Most of the victims were mechanics, engineers and motor traders from the Isle of Man who were on a trip to visit Manchester's Exide battery factory.

A memorial service was held on Saturday on the Isle of Man.

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Image caption Horwich Rotary Club members were among the first on the scene in 1958 and were heavily involved in rescue attempts.

Horwich Rotary Club members were among the first on the scene in 1958 and were heavily involved in rescue attempts.

Emergency crews dug through 6ft (2m) snowdrifts to reach the injured.

The tragedy came just three weeks after the Munich air disaster.

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