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Kegworth Air Disaster (05:23)


On January 8, 1989, a British Midlands Boeing 737 crashed in the village of Kegworth. The plane hit a highway embankment and split into three parts. Many passengers survived the impact but were severally injured.

Kegworth Crash Site (06:24)

Graham Pearson, a motorist from the nearby highway, was the first person to arrive at the site. He helped multiple passengers, but others died before emergency responders arrived.

Kegworth Plane Seating (02:30)

Frank McGarry survived the crash, but everyone seated around him died. Passengers sitting in the middle seats of the middle section of the plane had the highest rate of survival.

Rescuers at Kegworth (04:47)

Passengers seated just outside the strong middle section were in the most danger and the hardest for rescuers to reach. Pearson reached a mother and baby; rescuers helped other injured passengers out of the wreckage.

Treating Kegworth Survivors (04:23)

The number of severely injured overwhelmed the Nottingham hospital staff. Orthopedic surgeon Angus Wallace noticed a high number of severe leg injuries. The gradient of the crash site caused the fuel to flow away from the plane.

Survivability of Kegworth (04:25)

Seventy-nine of the 126 passengers on the plane survived. The age and fitness of passengers contributed to their survival rate. A baby, who was strapped to his mother during the crash, went to intensive care and survived.

Psychological Effects of Kegworth (08:37)

McGarry felt he was invincible and made rash decisions after surviving the crash. Researchers have been studying the effects of travel disasters on human behavior since the 1800s. Other survivors showed symptoms of PTSD.

Moving on from Kegworth (03:53)

McGarry came to terms with the accident after seeing a psychologist. Other survivors found it more difficult because of lasting injuries.

Lasting Effects of Kegworth (08:22)

Research into the Kegworth crash led to a subtle change in the brace position. In 1995, Wallace helped perform a surgery mid-flight; he credited his experience at Kegworth with giving him the confidence.

Understanding Kegworth (09:09)

McGarry did not believe in a divine power and knew he survived the crash by chance. Though the chain of events leading up to the crash was easy to spot in hindsight, it would have been impossible to predict such an event.

Credits: Plane (00:41)

Credits: Plane

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Documentary investigating the Boeing 737 which crashed 14 years ago into the highway near the village of Kegworth in Leicestershire.

Length: 59 minutes

Item#: BVL185464

ISBN: 978-1-64623-939-9

Copyright date: ©2003

Closed Captioned

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