The plane had crashed on a clear day; presumably they had been having problems as local school children at Castle Primary had been playing outside and had seen a small plane circling, and then disappear.
This small disaster could have been much worse, not on the scale of Lockerbie perhaps, but definitely with a lot more fatalities. This was definitely averted by the bravery and skill of the two pilots both of whom died. On Saturday the 20th October a memorial service was held at St.Thomas' Church, and a small memorial garden unveiled at the site of the crash.
The service was presided over by the Rev. Jill Waters of St.Thomas' Church and The Rev. Stephen Hatcher form the Methodist Church, Mow Cop. Also in attendance were the relatives of Benoit Charles Niclause and the representatives of the test pilot school (now in Coventry). The Lord Mayor of Kidsgrove Mr. Geoff Hall and the Lady Mayores Mrs. Doris Hall were among the 40 or so well wishers.