§ Mr. de Freitas
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will make a statement on the crash on Friday, 15th June, near Ipoh in Perak, Malaya, of a Royal Air Force Valetta transport aircraft.
§ Mr. Birch
On the morning of 15th June a Royal Air Force Valetta crashed into a hillside while engaged in dropping supplies to troops about twenty miles
107W south-east of Ipoh in Perak State. In addition to the Royal Air Force crew of three the aircraft was carrying an Army officer as observer and five men of the Royal Army Service Corps as dispatchers. The bodies of eight men have been recovered. The body of the ninth occupant of the aircraft has not been found but he must be presumed to have been killed. A court of inquiry has been convened.
I am sure that the House will wish to join with me in expressing sympathy for the bereaved.