Monday, January 08, 2007

On this day in 1989

IT IS hard to believe that on this day in 1989, British Midland flight 029 from Heathrow to Belfast having diverted from it's flight path, crash landed into the motorway embankment near East Midlands airport. The plane was diverting to East Midlands as one of it's engines failed. As the plane began it's descent the second engine failed.

I was still living in Belfast at the time and it seemed that every time you talked to people you heard of more and more people you knew were affected by the horrific disaster. 47 of the 118 people on board died.

The crash happened just weeks after Pan Am flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie on December 21st 1988 (incidentally on my 18th birthday) which claimed 243 passengers and 16 crew died.

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Anonymous said...

Funny you should mention that, my girlfriend, now my wife was due to fly on PAN AM 103 but changed her flight a day earlier.Of course she told nobody at the time, we only found out that she was ok when she got stuck in Boston and needed to stay with friends of mine.