Memorial for Kegworth air disaster victims 25 years on

Today marks 25 years since one of the UK's worst air disasters, when 47 people died after a British Midland Boeing 737 en route to Belfast crashed into an embankment on the M1 during an attempted emergency landing at East Midlands airport.

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87-year-old Kegworth survivor describes the moments after the crash

An 87-year-old Kegworth air crash survivor has described the moments after the crash in 1989.

Alan Johnston was on the flight, and says his first thought was to check the people sat around him were alright.

Of the 126 on board British Midland Flight BD092, 47 were killed, and 74 other were injured, many of them seriously.

Read more: Why did Flight BD092 crash?

Pictures: Kegworth air crash memorial

Pictures of the Kegworth air crash memorial

A service has taken place in the village of Kegworth, to remember the 47 people who died in the air crash that happened on the nearby M1 motorway, 25 years ago today.

Below are pictures of the wreath laying at the memorial stone in the village that took place this morning.

The memorial stone in Kegworth vilage Credit: ITV News Central
A policeman lays flowers to commemorate the 25th anniversary Credit: ITV News Central
The engraving on the memorial Credit: ITV News Central

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Council: 'It's always there in the back of your mind'

This morning wreaths were laid at a memorial stone in Kegworth Cemetrery to remember those who died in the Kegworth air disaster 25 years go.

Lesley Pendleton, Kegworth Parish Council said: "Those that lived in the village at the time, a lot of whom were involved in the rescue operation, obviously those have memories of the time.

"Events like today will bring that back to them. Obviously if there's a funny noise on an aircraft when it's coming into land, you often think there's something wrong with that and then you hear it land and the reverse thrust and you know it's down safely.

"It's always there in the back of your mind."

Anna Soubry: Scale of Kegworth crash hard to describe

Former Central News East reporter Anna Soubry, who is now the Conservative MP for Broxtowe, has described her feelings at seeing the wreckage of the British Midland plane, which crashed on the approach to East Midlands Airport 25 years ago today.

She was one of the first to report on the disaster near Kegworth on January 8 1989. She said it was a 'peculiar feeling', when she stopped to think how the plane had come to rest on the embankment of the M1.

Read: Why did a British Midland plane crash on the M1 near Kegworth?

Memorial for Kegworth crash victims takes place

Memorial display at St Andrew's church, Kegworth Credit: ITV News Central

Prayers have been said for the victims and their families of the Kegworth air crash at St Andrew's church this morning.

Forty-seven people died, and 74 were seriously injured, when the British Midland flight to Belfast came down near Kegworth in Leicestershire 25 years ago today.

Read: Firefighter recalls devastation inside Kegworth fuselage

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Firefighter recalls devastation inside Kegworth fuselage

Jez Noon was working as a firefighter on the night Flight BD092 crashed into the embankment of the M1, while it attempted to make an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport.

Here he describes the first moment he entered the Boeing 737's shattered fuselage to rescue survivors, and the scene of devastation which met him when he went inside.

Forty-seven people died, and 74 were seriously injured, when the British Midland flight to Belfast came down near Kegworth in Leicestershire 25 years ago today.

Read: First camera man on scene recalls Kegworth crash

First cameraman on scene describes Kegworth crash

Retired ATV cameraman Gary Hughes was the first TV crew at the scene of the Kegworth air disaster on January 8 1989.

He said it was quiet, with just the noise of ambulances on the northbound carriageway of the M1 next to where the plane had crash landed on the embankment.

He also describes how organised the rescue effort was, despite the scenes of devastation around him.

Read: Ex-Central news reporter on covering the Kegworth crash

Ex-Central News reporter on covering Kegworth crash

Former Central News East reporter Anna Soubry, who's now the Conservative MP for Broxtowe, was one of the first journalists on the scene of the Kegworth air disaster.

Here she describes the moment she first heard about the plane coming down short of the runway at East Midlands Airport, and how she rushed into the Nottingham newsroom.

Read: Flight BD092's final moments before Kegworth disaster

Plane's final moments before Kegworth disaster

by Chris Halpin

Today marks 25 years since 47 people died when a British Midland Boeing 737 crashed on the embankment of the M1 near Kegworth in Leicestershire.

Flight BD 092 took off from Heathrow at 7:52pm on January 8 1989 bound for Belfast, but was diverted to East Midlands Airport after the pilot reported engine trouble.

ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin explains the flight's final moments before it crash landed, just metres from the runway.

Memorial to mark 25 years since Kegworth air disaster

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