HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 c82W
Sir W. Smiles

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air how many fatal accidents have occurred in R.A.F. Lancaster aircraft during February; is he in a position to make a statement as to the cause of these accidents; and what steps are being taken to safeguard our airmen's lives.

Mr. Strachey

Three Lancaster aircraft of the Royal Air Force were involved in fatal accidents in February, 1946., Pending the completion of investigations I am not in a position to state the causes of the accidents. As for the last part of the Question, the hon. and gallant Member may be assured that all practical steps are taken, not only in the training of aircrews but throughout the Royal Air Force organisation generally to secure safety in the air. Accidents are most carefully investigated in order to determine whether any remedies can be applied that would lead to greater safety for the future.