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On Sunday, 18th June 1972, tragedy struck the Irish business community.


Twelve Irish Business Leaders – including former IMI Chairman and Council Member Michael Rigby – boarded a plane to Brussels to discuss the passing of the referendum allowing Ireland to join the EEC. Ninety seconds after take-off, the plane crashed outside the town of Staines.


“What was so eerie about it was it was the absolute silence; apart from the hissing from the aircraft and there wasn’t any sound of a human voice…”


Francis Castledine, a nurse who arrived on the scene.