Former Liverpool F.C. youth player killed in air-crash


July 31, 1979
An Ellesmere Port man died in Tuesday’s air crash in the Shetlands which claimed 17 victims.

He was named last night as Mr. Ronald Hughes, of Plantation Road.

Fourteen bodies have so far been recovered from the crashed plane, which failed to get off the ground before plunging into the sea off the runway to Sumburgh Airport.

Investigators will today continue their probe into the cause of the crash from which 39 people were rescued. The plane, a Dan-Air Hawker Siddley 748, on charter, was flying oil workers from Shetland to Aberdeen.

Mr. Ronald Hughes (50), was a piping superintendent working for Wimpeys, and had been employed on the oil rig for 12 months.

He was not due to return home until the beginning of next week, but had left the oil rig a week early to join his wife Kathleen and three of their five children at their caravan in Delamere.

The first Mrs. Hughes knew of the crash was when she heard a report on their television while waiting at the caravan.

Mr. Hughes had lived in Ellesmere Port all his life. His main hobby had been football and he played for Ellesmere Port Town F.C. as well as the England Schoolboys’ team and the Liverpool Under 21 football team.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 3, 1979)

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