HC Deb 20 January 1943 vol 386 cc194-5
27. Mr. Simmonds

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can give any information with regard to the recent loss of a British flying boat in the River Tagus?

Sir A. Sinclair

The flying boat "Golden Horn" operated by the British Overseas Airways Corporation crashed at Lisbon on 9th January. Of the fifteen persons on board, thirteen were killed—six British employees of the Corporation and seven Portuguese subjects. The cause of this unfortunate accident is now under investigation. When the report is received I will consider whether a further statement can be made. I am sure the House will wish to express its sympathy with the relatives of those who lost their lives.

Mr. Simmonds

Is it not becoming increasingly clear that some of these overage transport aircraft which British Overseas Airways Corporation are using should be withdrawn from service; and in view of the fact that we have an understanding with the United States Government that while we make military types they should make transport types, will he approach the United States Government with a view to their allotting to the British Overseas Airways Corporation a number of new boats which will enable my right hon. Friend to do his best to remedy the present situation?

Sir A. Sinclair

I think my hon. Friend will agree that the second part of his supplementary question wanders some way from the original Question on the Paper. As regards the first part, I would prefer to receive the report of the inquiry which is now being held before deciding what is the right lesson to be drawn from the circumstances.

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