‘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
Unfortunately, we had to cancel our memorial service in 2021 due to Corona Crisis. However, wreaths were left on the memorial site and the names of the victims were read out on Friday 18th June 2021. You can see the photos here:
The Trident 'Papa India' 50th Anniversary Memorial Service
18 June 2022, 11:00am
St Mary's Church, Church St, Vicarage Rd, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4YF, UK
The 50th Anniversary Service was held on Saturday June 18th 2022 at St Mary's Church, Staines, with over to hundred people attendance. This was the final remembrance church service held in our parish for Papa India. It followed by an ‘Act of Rededication’ at the Memorial Garden in Waters Drive, Staines, TW18 4RP. For more information please click on the link below.
As the 50th Anniversary service was the final official service held, For those who would like to continue remembering Papa India disaster the Memorial Garden can be visited.
Contact and General Enquiries The parish office is open Tuesday - Thursday,
10:30am to 12:30pm,
for all your general and hall booking enquiries.
Parish Office, St Peter’s Church Hall, Laleham Road, Staines, Middlesex TW18 2DX
Tel: 01784 469155