Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 26th April 1928.

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Photo of Sir Robert Thomas Sir Robert Thomas , Anglesey


asked the Secretary of State for Air how many Royal Air Force pilots have been killed while flying since 1st January, 1928, both in this country and overseas; and will he give a detailed statement of the various causes which led to their deaths?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

As regards the first part of the question, the number of Air Force pilots killed while flying since 1st January is 15, of whom one was shot down in action. In addition, the following fatalities to personnel of the three Services were involved in these accidents: Royal Air Force, six; Army, two; Navy, two. As regards the second part of the question, I would deprecate, for the reasons given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in his statement regarding Air Force accidents on 10th March, 1927, the giving of detailed particulars of the causes of the various accidents.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Hackney South

Is the Under-Secretary aware that frequently the Air Ministry reports in cases of individual accidents the cause of the accident such as "an error of judgment," and why can be not classify these accidents so that hon. Members may be in a position to decide what is the main cause of accidents as a whole?

Photo of Sir Philip Sassoon Sir Philip Sassoon , Hythe

I am afraid that I cannot add anything more to my answer.