SD6614 : Winter Hill Air Disaster Memorial

taken 4 years ago, near to Belmont, Blackburn With Darwen, Great Britain

Winter Hill Air Disaster Memorial
Winter Hill Air Disaster Memorial
On 27 February 1958, a Silver City Bristol 170 Freighter (G-AICS) travelling from the Isle of Man to Manchester crashed into Winter Hill (also known as Rivington Moor) several hundred yards away from the mast. Thirty-five people died and 7 were injured.

This metal plaque was affixed to SD6614 : Gatepost on Winter Hill, to mark the 50th anniversary of the crash and complements SD6614 : Winter Hill Air Disaster Plaque which is fixed to the wall of the transmitter station. This plaque reads:
"Commemorating the death of thirty-five members of the motor trade from the Isle of Man, whose Bristol Wayfarer crashed near this plaque, 27th February 1958. Erected by the Rotary Clubs of Douglas and Horwich 27.02.2008"
Winter Hill Transmitting Station

At a height of 309.5 metres, the Winter Hill transmitting mast is one of the tallest structures in the United Kingdom, the tallest being the mast at Belmont with a height of 351.5 metres however, at 778.1 metres (2,553 ft) above sea level, Winter Hill has the highest television transmitting antenna in the United Kingdom.

The original mast came into service on 3 May 1956, and carried the programmes of Granada ITV (weekdays) and ABC TV (weekends). This was replaced by the current tower in 1966. Unlike most masts, which are of a lattice design, the Winter Hill mast is one of six masts in England which are of a tubular construction. An advantage of the tubular design is that engineers can ascend the inside the mast and avoid adverse weather, which is a problem on frame structures.

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Monday, 7 March, 2016   (more nearby)
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Monday, 14 March, 2016
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 662 146 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:37.6478N 2:30.7257W
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