Afghanistan: Nimrod Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implication for his Department's proposals of the conclusions of the review into the broader issues surrounding the loss of the RAF Nimrod MR2 aircraft XV230 in Afghanistan in 2006 by Charles Haddon-Cave.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Military Aviation Authority (MAA) was established in response to the recommendations made by Mr Justice Haddon-Cave in his Nimrod Review, which called for a radical overhaul of Military Air Safety regulation.

During 10-21 November 2014 an external audit team examined the MAA looking at its effectiveness as a regulator. MAA External Audit Panel 2014 (MEAP 14) assessed that the MAA is an effective air safety regulatory body, fit for purpose in its current role, with the opportunity to improve further as it continues to develop. MEAP 14 was satisfied that the remaining Nimrod Review recommendations have been implemented as intended, and that risks identified in previous audits have been addressed.

The establishment of the MAA as an independent regulator has transformed the Department's approach to military air safety governance, with a focus on mitigating Risk to Life through the establishment of the aviation Duty Holder construct; the publication of concise, unambiguous and readily accessible regulations; a new regime for safety cases, aircraft type certification and release to service; and the establishment of an independent air accident investigation branch which has so far investigated 21 air safety occurrences and made over 460 recommendations to improve air safety.

MEAP 14 is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/search?q=MEAP+14

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