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Creating a place to remember loved ones lost in the 1985 Manchester Airport disaster

When it comes to specialised lifting HTF Transport was the first call for 3MMM when they were tasked with constructing a memorial at Manchester Airport to remember the 55 people that died following a fire on a British Airtours Boeing 737 flight on the August 22, 1985


HTF Transport work a lot with 3MMM construction on a number of projects, but this was definitely one of the more challenging. Requiring full risk assessments and method statements, a full site visit was completed to highlight any potential hazards and produce a plan that would enable the safe delivery of the 6m long sections.

The memorial is located inside the airport grounds outside terminal 1 and is now a permanent spot for loved ones to come and visit and remember the family and friends lost on the faithful day on the 22nd August 1985. With this in mind the utmost care and attention was taken to ensure everything went to plan.

Each individual timber section had the names – grouped into families, etched into the wood with a section of bench to go in between. The project required each beam to be lifted into place and secured to the concrete base by slotting into a stainless steel bracket.

The control and smooth operation of the Palfinger PK62002EH ensures the operator and all the personnel on site remain safe. Working in the confined space that was created, as the structure was erected it wasn’t  an issue with 16.1m of reach.

Great care was taken with the use of soft slings, preventing any marks on the delicate timber. The project required one of our 62 t/m hiab equipped vehicles to reach from the old terminal 1 access ramp, rigging up over the pedestrian barrier.

In all the job took two days to complete and on schedule! The grand unveiling was carried out on the 33 year anniversary and was attended by many friends and family members.

The team at HTF Transport are proud to be a part of making this memorial.

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