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de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-ALBC on Kinder Scout
Both crew members Captain Dennis Holmes and Co-Pilot John McWhirter survived the crash, December 30th 1963.
This was a civilian flight, a company called Solair Flying Services from Birmingham.
The Rapide had been used for a photographic survey, and was returning to the midlands from Teesside.
With concerns for their fuel level, Captain Holmes decided to divert to Manchester, and headed straight across the Pennines. Flying close to the ground, the Rapide was hit by a downdraught and struck the moor. Fortunately there was no fire as both men were injured and could only wait for help to arrive.
This photo shows a cylinder block.
Photo of a Rapide from Wikipedia Commons
Details from PEAKLAND AIR CRASHES – THE NORTH (2006) by Pat Cunningham.