The forgotten air disaster
It’s 50 years ago this weekend since the Dan Air flight from Manchester to Barcelona crashed into mountains 30 miles off course killing everyone on board. There were Wiganers on board. I worked at County police in Crawford Street and that Saturday morning was my turn to work (I was a typist) and I remember the message coming through. It was ‘the forgotten air disaster’ but I have never forgotten.
Started: 4th Jul 2020 at 16:37
Those kind of things stay with you Linma, terrible.
Did you know Joan Moriarty (Francis) at Crawford Street?
Replied: 4th Jul 2020 at 17:18
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There were some people from Leigh on that flight.
Replied: 4th Jul 2020 at 18:51
john finney from standish lower ground was on that flight, worked with him in skem.
Replied: 4th Jul 2020 at 19:07
I was with John and his girlfriend in the Sportsman's club the day before i.e. Thursday. He was saying this time tomorrow I'll be having a pint is Benidorm I along with a couple of friends were traveling down to Newquay on the Saturday morning, we had stayed over in a hotel in NAILSEA on the Friday night so never heard the news until we heard the news on the car radio. ..Put a bit of a damper on the holiday..
Replied: 4th Jul 2020 at 22:35
1st holiday abroad me & some mates went to benidorm & on that flight was another mate geoff who lived 5 doors away from me . he was with his girlfriend anne marie & her parents . on the way back unbeknowing to us all on that flight that we was on fire & we could sense that something was wrong by the way the cabin crew were acting . when we got off in manchester we were surrounded by fire engines & hurried away from the plane . my parents was there to pick us up & watched the plane come in & saw it on fire not knowing it was ours . that was dan air in 1975 & anne marie never flew again for years & years .
Replied: 5th Jul 2020 at 00:09
O years, the name Moriarty does ring a bell, but the Joan I remember lived in Shevington Moor and her husband was Sid and she left and went to work at Wrightington Hospital. Is that the same one? I worked at Crawford Street from the middle 60’s to the early seventies.
Replied: 5th Jul 2020 at 12:56
There was a shopkeeper and his wife from Hindley killed in that crash
Replied: 5th Jul 2020 at 14:02
No linma, it is someone else, this Joan lived in Swinley.
Replied: 5th Jul 2020 at 14:52
An old Sgt of mine lost both parents in this disaster...how time flies.
Replied: 5th Jul 2020 at 18:25