Aeroplane Accident, Leytonstone.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 18th February 1942.

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Photo of Sir Frederick Mills Sir Frederick Mills , Leyton East

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can make a statement relative to an accident to an aeroplane at Leytonstone on 10th February; whether the relatives of those who lost their lives in consequence will receive compensation; and if so, under which scales?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

The aircraft concerned was engaged on a training flight when it crashed. An investigation will be held, but I am advised that the aircraft was so badly damaged that it may not be possible to determine the cause of the accident. I deeply regret that five Civil Defence personnel who were in the building on which the aircraft fell were killed and that the six members of the crew also lost their lives. The question of compensation will be dealt with by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions under the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme, 1941, in the case of the civilians, and under the War Pensions Order applicable to members of the Royal Air Force. I am sure that the House will wish to join me in expressing sympathy with the relatives of those who lost their lives.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Is the very low flying over buildings by some aircraft regarded as operationally necessary?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

No, Sir. Low flying is always strictly discouraged in the vicinity of buildings.

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

If I give the right hon. Gentleman details of where it happens, will he be good enough to look into them?