‘Papa India’ Memorial Service
On the afternoon of Sunday 18th June 1972 a Trident Aircraft of BEA - G-ARPI, took off from Heathrow bound for Brussels. As it crossed
Staines Moor, it stalled and fell out of the sky onto land near the A30.
All 118 lives aboard were lost.
All of those associated with that dreadful event, have there own memories, but Staines long lacked a memorial to the tragedy, so that those who wish to reflect, may do so with dignity.
In 2004 the window which we see today, and the memorial garden at Moormede were dedicated. Each year a service is held on the Sunday nearest to the 18th June in memory of the lives lost in that disaster.
The beautiful Memorial Book (sponsored by British Airways and prepared by Margaret Stanley) is used in the service .
The “Papa-India” disaster was the worst aircraft accident in British history, and with the exception of the Lockerbie outrage, that remains so today.
The Trident flight 458
‘Papa India’ – 47th Year Memorial Service 2019
will be held on Sunday 16th June 2019
at St Mary’s Church, Staines, at 11.15 a.m.
At this service the names of all who lost their lives will be read out and remembered.
There will be short service at the memorial in Waters Gardens on Tuesday 18th June at 10.00 a.m.
Contact and General Enquiries The parish office is open Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 to 12:30,
for all your general and hall booking enquiries.
Parish Office, St Peter’s Church Hall, Laleham Road, Staines, Middlesex TW18 2DX
Tel: 01784 469155