Two HS.748 aircraft of Channel Airways were damaged when they overran the boundary after landing on wet grass. The accidents are being investigated and reports will be published. As a precaution immediate action was taken to apply larger safety margins for landings at Portsmouth and operators have been advised to allow for larger landing distances on wet grass elsewhere. Further study is in hand to determine what if any new limits should be prescribed for this and other aircraft at other grass airfields.
Does not my hon. Friend agree that the fact that a major disaster did not take place could almost be described as miraculous? Does he not agree also that, in view of the density of urban development in Britain and the limited air space available, there must be a strict comprehensive plan soon for the development of airports throughout the country and of internal air services?