asked the Secretary of State for Air the number of noncommissioned officers and men who have lost their lives in accidents to aircraft since 1st January, 1926; and whether he is satisfied that due precautions are taken before airplanes and pilots are allowed to ascend?563W
§ Sir S. HOARE
The answer to the first part of the question is 28. In addition, three Naval or Marine ratings lost their lives in Royal Air Force accidents and one airman was killed by being struck by an aeroplane whilst he was working on the ground. As regards the second part, I am satisfied that every precaution is taken. A complete system of inspection of aircraft is in force. All pilots pass a series of thorough tests before they are allowed to fly sofo and again before they are allowed to carry a passenger. Their flying is also continually watched and supervised by their senior officers. For further information in regard to the measures taken to prevent accidents I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Burton (Colonel Gretton) on the 22nd November.