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CRASH: Cows find debris from the planes that collided in the skies above Woodborough in 1966
CRASH: Cows find debris from the planes that collided in the skies above Woodborough in 1966

Residents in Woodborough are putting together plans to commemorate the anniversary of a plane crash that took place in the skies above the village 50 years ago this month.

Two Provost jets collided above Woodborough while taking part in a training exercise on the morning of Thursday, May 26, 1966.

Debris showered down over the village, but was mainly confined to several locations along Main Street, Governors’ field and the playing fields on Lingwood Lane.

One plane cartwheeled across the sky and landed in the orchard at the top of Roe Lane and burst into flames. A wing from the second aircraft fell into the Manor House garden near the road and the tail section ended up in the dyke behind the old vicarage.

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Luckily, both pilots survived the crash and no-one was killed in the village below.

TV crews are now planning to visit the village in the weeks leading up to the anniversary to visit crash sites, interview eyewitnesses and talk to both surviving pilots.

The village will also be marking the anniversary with a display of photographs and memorabilia. These will be on display in the Nags Head.

Anyone who would like to be involved in the event can contact Steve Derry on 0115 9654014 or 07930 289302.

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