§ 38. Mr. Allaun
asked the Secretary of State for Air to what extent the United States American Air Force Douglas B.26 aircraft which developed engine trouble and from which a crew member baled out on 1st March, 1956, was under the control 371 of the Air Traffic Controller, Ringway, Manchester; and what report was made by the pilot by radio to the Air Traffic Controller after the aircraft was airborne.
In the interests of city dwellers, should not all aircraft, whether or not they are on test, be subject to the traffic controller upon becoming airborne? Should not American pilots adopt British procedure and test their engines at full boost immediately before take-off? That would have revealed the propeller defect in this case.
§ 39. Mr. Allaun
asked the Secretary of State for Air what request was made to local fire services by his Department on 1st March to search for an alleged pilotless aircraft which might have crashed anywhere in the cities of Salford and Manchester, the County Borough of Stockport and urban districts in the vicinity.
§ Mr. Speaker
There seems to be some confusion here. I do not think the hon. Member heard the Answer to his Question. I heard the Minister say "None."
§ Mr. Allaun
I heard that Answer, but I did not hear the Minister give any answer to the second part of my previous supplementary question.