Tragic plane crash at Scotter

Plane crash at Scotter
Plane crash at Scotter

THE picture this week shows the aftermath of a plane crash on the home of Mrs Clara Whiteley in Scotter in July 1964 when a young pilot of a jet Provost trainer hit a high tension electricity cable, causing the plane to burst into flames and plunge into the rear of a row of houses in North Moor Road.

The crash happened on a Monday morning when housewives were busy with their weekly washing. Mrs Whiteley grabbed the pump of her washing machine and sprayed it at the blazing plane but could do nothing to save the life of the pilot, 22-year-old Flying Officer Burkey.

He had just completed his training as a student pilot and was due to pass out in few days.