July 1st 2019. Interview with Slovenian journalist.

On the 7th June last I received the following email.

Dear Mr. Gatfords !

My name is Jana Kobal. I am a journalist from Slovene commercial TV station Pop tv. I’m preparing a story about Slovene aircrash investigators. Becuse the plane accident that happened in 1966 near Brnik, the one that you survived, was the only passenger plane accident on the territory of Slovenia, I will include it in the story.

Mrs. Brigita Zorc gave me your contact.

I kindly ask you, would you be prepared to tell me a few words about the accident, how you dealt with it afterwards and why have you decided to visit Slovenia again. We can do it on Skype.   

Looking forward to hearing from you

             Jana Kobal

I contacted Jana and arranged to have an interview with her on Skype this morning, July 1st. She is going to incorporate the interview in a TV programme for Pop TV. She said that she will send me a link to the programme when it is broadcast and also a transcript, in English.

I will make a new post to the blog when I get this information.

Michael Gatford

July 1st 2019

4 thoughts on “July 1st 2019. Interview with Slovenian journalist.

  1. Dear Mr Gatford,

    I hope that you don’t mind me writing about your sad experience. My name is Neil Risk and I was moved by the stories of those including yourself who were affected by the crash.
    I was an 8 year old boy at the time living with my parents in Trieste. My mother thought that we should come to Llubjana following the crash to visit the survivors who were in hospital. We did so on at least one occasion and may well have returned a second time. I do not recall much of the visit other than the fact that the patients we did visit seemed very brave and appeared to accept the awful tragedy that had befallen them without complaint. We brought comics and books and met some of the students you mention in your memories of that time. I hope that we were able to provide a small measure of comfort during those visits. Once again I hope that my recollection is not regarded as being an unwelcome intrusion.

    Kind regards,

    Neil Risk


    1. Dear Neil,

      I am so grateful for your contribution to my blog. I’m not sure if we met in the hospital as for the first week or so, because of my head injury, I was in a different ward from the rest of the survivors. However, you may have met my mother. What you have described is so wonderful: that your mother gave up her time (and yours) to come to Ljubljana to visit us. I know that we were all so touched by all the kindness and consideration shown to us all, and that obviously includes that of your mother and yourself. I will respond to you at greater length in the (near) future. For the time being I just wanted to express my gratitude for what you did in 1966 and taking the time to contact me now.

      Very best wishes,



  2. I tend to four youngsters in Fulford cemetery, York, that perished this day..I place flowers by their graves every anniversary


    1. Dear Daran,

      Thank you for sharing that on the blog. I came across the following:


      around 2014, I think, and found it most poignant. For so long I had not been able to find out anything about the crash but since writing the blog I have made contact with several people.

      Are you related to any of the four people buried in the cemetery?

      Very best wishes,

      Michael Gatford


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