Crew member Barbara Jane Harrison who died while evacuating passengers from an aircraft, has been honoured with a Blue Plaque for her extraordinary heroism.


British Airways sponsored the tribute for Barbara, who was just 22 when BOAC Boeing 707 G-ARWE operating Flight 712 caught fire shortly after take-off from Heathrow on April 8th 1968.

She evacuated passengers before going back into the aircraft to attempt to rescue an elderly, disabled customer who was still on board. Barbara is one of only four women to be awarded the George Cross for heroism and the only woman to receive the award during peacetime.

The Blue Plaque was unveiled in her hometown of Bradford by her sister and will be permanently sited on the wall outside Barbara’s former home.

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