HC Deb 23 June 1937 vol 325 cc1211-2W
Sir M. Sueter

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether steps can be taken to see that all aircraft on delivery to stations are equipped with wireless before leaving the manufacturer and that a competent and experienced Royal Air Force wireless operator is on board the aircraft to work with civil stations when flying through bad weather; and to take every possible step to avoid a repetition of the loss of the bombing machine that was recently wrecked on a delivery flight from Bristol to Scotland by the issue of clear landing instructions when very thick weather may be expected?

Lieut.-Colonel Muirhead

It would, I fear, be impossible to give effect to my hon. and gallant Friend's proposal. I may observe that the records of the Air Ministry show that serious accidents very rarely occur to aircraft in the course of delivery flights, and that it was not on a delivery flight that the regrettable accident to the aircraft referred to in the second part of the question occurred.