HC Deb 21 March 1951 vol 485 cc2402-3
24. Surgeon Lieut-Commander Bennett

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what total number and what proportion of the aircraft of British European Airways Cor- poration are fitted with radio-altimeters or other forms of ground clearance altimeter.

Mr. Beswick

Four aircraft of British European Airways are fitted with radio-altimeters as trial installations. No other forms of ground clearance altimeter are fitted.

Surgeon Lieut-Commander Bennett

Is it not desirable, in view of the very high safety value of this kind of device, that the whole B.E.A.C. fleet should be so equipped, so that accidents such as recently happened may be avoided?

Mr. Beswick

This is a matter on which there are different opinions. There are factors of cost and weight and reliability to be taken into consideration, but it is hoped that as a result of these trials we can come to a firm conclusion.