HC Deb 07 April 1948 vol 449 cc15-6W
7. Mrs. Ayrton Gould

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he is now able to make a statement about the crash of a R.A.F. Anson aircraft at Hendon on 9th February.

Mr. de Freitas

This aircraft was coming in to land, with permission from the air traffic control, when apparently the pilot saw another aircraft on the runway and decided to overshoot the airfield. The aircraft at this point was about 300 ft. above the ground. The pilot attempted to climb, but his aircraft steadily lost height and crashed. Investigation shows that the accident was due primarily to inadequate air traffic control at the airfield, but the pilot of the Anson was also at fault in attempting to overshoot the airfield when his aircraft was as low as 300 ft. The aircraft was on single-engined flying practice, and while this is a necessary form of flying training, and one which does not normally entail special difficulty, the Air Officer Commanding has given instructions that it should in future take place from another airfield.