HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 cc310-1
10. Dr. Little

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the popular feeling at the numerous accidents to aeroplanes, with great loss of life, he will give instructions that all aeroplanes are examined and certified to be in perfect order before leaving aerodromes.

Mr. Strachey

Every R.A.F. aircraft is inspected, tested and certified as serviceable before take-off. The inspection holds good for 24 hours only. If the aircraft takes off more than once in the 24 hours between-flight inspections are added.

Dr. Little

May I take it that the hon. Gentleman gives the assurance to the public that everything possible will be done to avoid these terrible accidents?

Mr. Strachey

Yes, Sir, but I would be very sorry if the impression was abroad that in the Royal Air Force generally there was a high rate of accidents at the present time. That is not so.

Mr. Skeffington-Lodge

Is the Undersecretary aware that the proportion of accidents on the roads is infinitely greater than the proportion in the air, taking into consideration the number of aeroplanes flown and the number of motor cars driven on the roads?

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