F-35 Aircraft: Accidents

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 6 September 2023.

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Photo of Dave Doogan Dave Doogan Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy Security and Net Zero)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Service Inquiry into the loss of the F-35B Lightning ZM152 (BK-18) of 617 Squadron, embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth on 17 November 2021, published by the Ministry of Defence and Defence Safety Authority on 10 August 2023, what steps he is taking to mitigate the contributing factors identified in the report.

Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy recognise the factors identified in the report and its recommendations, with work already undertaken to address them.

Significant improvements have been made to the Air Safety Management System and overriding Joint embarked safety culture; recent exercises aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth have provided first-hand evidence of the positive progress made.

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