HC Deb 24 June 1931 vol 254 cc449-50W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is in a position to make a statement as to the cause of the accident that happened on Sunday, 14th June, to the machine G ABBH; whether the pilot received a weather report from the Air Ministry before leaving Heston; and whether he can supply a copy of that report?


As regards the first part of the question, an investigation in accordance with international agreement is being held by the French authorities into the cause of the accident, but no report has yet been received. As regards the remainder of the question, a complete weather report for the London-Paris route, based on observations from meteorological stations made at 8 a.m., was supplied to the pilot over the telephone by the Air Ministry at 8.30 a.m. on 14th June. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the information which was then given to the pilot.


asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether Lieutenant O'Brien, who was killed while flying at the Hamble aviation establishment on 8th June, was supplied with a parachute?


The answer is in the affirmative.