The Kegworth air disaster occurred when a Boeing 737-400 crashed on to the embankment of the M1 motorway near Kegworth, Leicestershire, England, while attempting to make an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport on 8 January 1989.
British Midland Flight 92 was on a scheduled flight from London Heathrow Airport to Belfast Airport, when a fan-blade broke in the left engine, disrupting the air-conditioning and filling the flight-deck with smoke. The pilots believed that this indicated a fault in the right engine, since earlier models of the 737 ventilated the flight-deck from the right, and they were unaware that the 400 used a different system. The crew mistakenly shut down the good engine, and pumped more fuel into the malfunctioning one, which burst into flames. Of the 126 people aboard, 47 died and 74 sustained serious injuries.
The Ml motorway was closed for a week whilst investigations were undertaken with the ‘plane on the ground and until arrangements could be made for it to be removed by lorry. Kegworth Parish Council has erected a Memorial in Kegworth Cemetery to “those who died, those who were injured and those who took part in the rescue operation”. Soon after the disaster, the Ml was widened from three to four lanes and the Parish Council arranged for the soil on which the aircraft came to rest to be removed from the Ml embankment and placed in Kegworth Cemetery. This soil forms the base for the memorial garden. On top of this is a large stone upon which is engraved the names of all those who died. Four servicemen and one service woman were amongst those killed,
Army Casualties Kegworth Air Disaster 8th January 1989
WO1 Hastings David Aged 42 Royal Army Pay Corps
Sgt Ramsaroop Richard Aged 35 Royal Air Force
Cpl Hicks Timothy John Aged 25 Royal military Police
L/Cpl Pattison Judith Ann Aged 22 Womens Royal Army Corps
Pte Turner Johnathan Edwin Aged 27 Royal Pioneer Corps
Thanks to Alf B who provided the two photos, which includes the full list of names of those killed, 8th Jan 89