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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?

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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

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

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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

Memorial to mark 25 years since Kegworth air disaster

The British Midland Boeing 737 took off at Heathrow bound for Belfast but had to divert to East Midlands because of engine problems Credit: PA

A memorial service will be held today to mark 25 years since 47 people lost their lives in the Kegworth air disaster.

A British Midland Boeing 737 on route to Belfast from London crashed onto the M1 motorway embankment during an attempted emergency landing in 1989.

Seventy four other passengers were seriously injured.

The plane crashed into the embankment of the M1, just metres away from the runway at East Midlands Airport Credit: PA

Midlands airports braced for busy Christmas period

Airports in the Midlands are bracing themselves for the busy Christmas period.

Birmingham airport is anticipating more than a quarter of a million people to use its services over the next few days. Whilst East Midlands Airport says it expects 8,000 passengers through its doors today alone.

Elsewhere, as many schools break up today, millions of people are expected to travel over the weekend.

With ice and snow being forecast over the run up to the Christmas period, people travelling in the next few days are being warned to drive more carefully.

Government praises generosity of Brits as flight prepares to leave EMA

A flight loaded with more than 95 tonnes of UK aid is getting ready to leave East Midlands Airport for the Philippines this evening, Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, has praised the 'huge generosity' of the British people.

Ministers have chartered a flight to take supplies including fork lift trucks, fuel tanks and a Land Rover defender to the country, where 3,600 people have died and more than 500,000 have been left homeless after Typhoon Haiyan.

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