Chinook crash review panel calls for written evidence

Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary, has given an address for anyone who wishes to submit evidence to a panel that's reviewing the notorious fatal crash of a Chinook helicopter on the Mull of Kintyre in June 1994.   The crash killed all on...

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Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary, has given an address for anyone who wishes to submit evidence to a panel that's reviewing the notorious fatal crash of a Chinook helicopter on the Mull of Kintyre in June 1994.   

The crash killed all on board - four crew and 25 VIP passengers. The RAF found the two Special Forces pilots, Flight Lieutenants Jonathan Tapper and Rick Cook, grossly negligent.

Since then evidence has emerged which shows that MoD IT experts deemed the helicopter type unairworthy at the time of the crash, largely because of poor designed and written safety-critical Full Authority Digital Engine Control software.

Now the Coalition has set up a review of the accident. If the review clears the pilots, it would be open to the government to put in place mechanisms to overturn the RAF's finding against them. 

Liam Fox said in a statement:

"During the debate on the Queen's Speech, I confirmed that we would be honouring the pledge we made in opposition to hold an independent review of the evidence relating to the tragic accident on 2 June 1994 when a Chinook helicopter crashed at the Mull of Kintyre, killing all 29 people on board.

"I am pleased to announce that the right hon. Lord Philip has agreed to conduct the review. Lord Philip, who retired in 2007 as a Lord of Session and Member of the Inner House and is a Privy Counsellor, brings a wealth of judicial experience to the task. 

"He will be assisted in his work by a panel of three Privy Counsellors, all distinguished Parliamentarians: the Rt Hon Malcolm Bruce MP, the Rt Hon the Lord Forsyth of Drumlean and the Rt Hon the Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke.

"The terms of reference of the review will be:

"To examine all available evidence relating to the findings of the board of inquiry into the fatal accident at the Mull of Kintyre on 2 June 1994; and to report conclusions to the Secretary of State for Defence as soon as possible.

"The review will be primarily an examination of the written record of the board of inquiry and of any other related evidence which it considers may throw light on the findings of the board. 

"Lord Philip will, however, be happy to receive representations from individuals and groups with knowledge of the issues involved. Any person wishing to make contact with the review should write in the first instance to its Secretary, Mr Alex Passa, at The Mull of Kintyre Review, 1 Melville Crescent. Edinburgh EH3 7HW."

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