BHP flies in to help with plane venture

A TEESSIDE firm has worked for free on one of its most unusual cases.

A TEESSIDE firm has worked for free on one of its most unusual cases.

The last remaining Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C G-ARPO will soon make its final journey to the North East Aircraft Museum in Sunderland after BHP Law expert Deb McGargle cleared the legal way for take off.

The plane has been rescued by the Save the Trident group, a team of eight flying fanatics from across the UK. It is one of only 117 Trident jets ever made and the last of its class anywhere in the world.

Built in 1964 and retired in 1983, the aircraft was one of eight Trident 1Cs used for airport fire-fighter training exercises by the SERCO International Fire Training School based at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

The 111-seat plane is now ready for loading onto three flatbed trucks for the 35-mile trip to its new home where it will be restored thanks to public donations of over £15,000.

“BHP has had some rather strange requests for legal assistance over the years but we’ve never been asked how to get a passenger plane down the A19 before,” said Deb.

“We were approached by the Save the Trident group who wanted to make sure everything was in place legally for what they were trying to achieve.

“Obviously with the project being local and operating entirely on public donations and volunteer labour, BHP Law was also happy to provide its services for free. I can’t wait to go to the museum and see the plane restored to all its former glory.”

Save the Trident project leader Tony Jarrett added: “With changes of ownership looming, and the loaning the aircraft to the museum, we wanted to make sure we had covered every issue within the law. BHP Law were helpful from the start.”

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