Canberra Aircraft Accident

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th November 1977.

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Photo of Mr James Wellbeloved Mr James Wellbeloved , Bexley Erith and Crayford 12:00 am, 8th November 1977

In response to the right hon. and leaned Gentleman's first question, when I have had an opportunity to consult my right hon. Friend, either he or I will endeavour to give the fullest possible statement to the House on the whole of this accident. I deeply sympathise with the right hon. and learned Gentleman's constituents in the tragic occurrence they have endured.

With regard to the use of the Canberra PR9, there is at present in progress a review of the basic flying patterns that have been in use at that air station for the last 10 years. We have, however, prohibited further right-hand visual circuits over the Oxmoor estate until such time as we have further reviewed the Wyton and Alconbury air traffic procedures.