HC Deb 20 January 1953 vol 510 cc37-8
Sir D. Savory

(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Civil Aviation whether he is in a position to make a statement in regard to the accident to a B.E.A. aircraft which took place at Nutts Corner, South Antrim, on Monday evening, 5th January, when there was a very serious loss of life.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Mr. John Profumo)

I should like to take this opportunity to convey the deep sympathy of Her Majesty's Government to the relatives of the passengers and members of the crew who lost their lives in this tragic accident.

It is known that the aircraft made an abnormally low approach to the aerodrome during which it collided with a number of lighting poles and with a building. 1 am unable to say anything further at present but I hope that the causes of the accident may be established at the public inquiry which my right hon. Friend has ordered to be held.

Sir D. Savory

Would the Minister say when the public inquiry is likely to be held, and at what place, and who is likely to be the chairman, or who will constitute the board of inquiry?

Mr. Profumo

This matter is at present under consideration.