HC Deb 08 July 1913 vol 55 c205
23. Captain FABER

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Cody biplane, from which Mr. Harrison was killed, had been ordered to be overhauled and recovered; whether, owing to a review taking place, the machine was wanted before the repairs had been executed; and whether its condition had been reported as precarious previous to the review?

The SECRETARY of STATE for WAR (Colonel Seely)

The biplane had been overhauled by the maker shortly before the accident took place. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative. The accident had no connection whatever with any review.

Captain FABER

Is it not a fact that this machine had been ordered to be again recovered and repaired?

Colonel SEELY

I have no information of that. If the hon. and gallant Member will put down a question, I will inquire.