HC Deb 28 March 1945 vol 409 cc1345-6
26. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he can give details of an accident to an aeroplane of Air Transport Command, on 3rd March, on a journey from England to Paris, which caused the loss of 16 lives.

The Secretary of State for Air (Sir Archibald Sinclair)

I am informed that the aircraft involved in this accident belonged to the United States Air Transport Command. I am not in a position to add to the statement which has been published by the American authorities.

Mr. Bellenģer

Has my right hon. Friend seen a report in a reputable newspaper that this aeroplane belonged to R.A.F. Transport Command; and were any British passengers involved in this accident?

Sir A. Sinclair

I have already told the hon. Member that this aircraft did not belong to R.A.F. Transport Command. On the second part of the question, no British passengers were involved in the accident.