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WW2 GHOST PLANE RIDDLE ON MOORS; Rescuers can't find 'crash'.

A mystery plane crash that vanished without trace left witnesses and rescuers baffled yesterday.

Locals dialled 999 after seeing the plane explode in flames as it hit a remote Yorkshire moor.

Emergency services from two counties launched a huge search on Monday night.

But despite scouring the moors for 24 hours, not one piece of wreckage was found.

Now people in Hope, South Yorks, are talking of a ghost plane after recalling an identical mystery crash two years ago - on the 50th anniversary of a World War Two Dakota coming down nearby.

Witness Mariafrance Tattersfield, 39, a former special constable from nearby Sheffield, said: "I know what I saw. None of this adds up."

The search began after she and other witnesses reported a blinding orange flash and billowing smoke as the twin engined plane crashed on the Pennines above Hope Forest.

Fifty police from Yorkshire and Derbyshire, fire and ambulance crews, more than 100 men and dogs from seven mountain rescue teams, an RAF helicopter and the West Yorks police helicopter joined in.

Police said: "It certainly is a mystery and extremely baffling - reliable witnesses clearly saw something go down."

The spot is just three miles from where the Dakota crashed in 1945, killing all seven Canadian crew.

Two years ago postman Tony Ingle, 53, reported seeing a Dakota crash in the same area.

But when he raced to the scene he found only grazing sheep.

He said: "I don't believe in ghosts and have racked my brains for explanation but there isn't one."
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Author:Dennis, Steve
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 26, 1997
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