1967: Stockport air disaster kills 84

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On this day in 1967, a British Midland Airways Canadair Argonaut crashed near Stockport, Cheshire, killing sixty-nine passengers and three crew members.

The airliner, call sign “Hotel Golf,” was returning to Manchester with holidaymakers from Palma in Majorca, when it came down in a built-up part of the town.

The design of the fuel cocks and the cockpit location of their operating levers contributed to the crash according to a later investigation.

The official inquiry said the immediate cause of the crash was loss of power of both starboard engines and fuel starvation. Ten passengers and two crew members, including the captain, H. Marlow, miraculously survived.

It was the fourth-worst accident in British aviation history.