HC Deb 18 February 1942 vol 377 cc1774-5
4. Sir Frederick Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can make a statement relative to an accident to an aeroplane at Leytonstone on 10th February; whether the relatives of those who lost their lives in consequence will receive compensation; and if so, under which scales?

Sir A. Sinclair

The aircraft concerned was engaged on a training flight when it crashed. An investigation will be held, but I am advised that the aircraft was so badly damaged that it may not be possible to determine the cause of the accident. I deeply regret that five Civil Defence personnel who were in the building on which the aircraft fell were killed and that the six members of the crew also lost their lives. The question of compensation will be dealt with by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Pensions under the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme, 1941, in the case of the civilians, and under the War Pensions Order applicable to members of the Royal Air Force. I am sure that the House will wish to join me in expressing sympathy with the relatives of those who lost their lives.

Sir Herbert Williams

Is the very low flying over buildings by some aircraft regarded as operationally necessary?

Sir A. Sinclair

No, Sir. Low flying is always strictly discouraged in the vicinity of buildings.

Sir H. Williams

If I give the right hon. Gentleman details of where it happens, will he be good enough to look into them?

Sir A. Sinclair

I shall be very grateful.