HC Deb 01 July 1959 vol 608 cc50-1W
54. Mr. Orbach

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is aware of the distress and annoyance caused to the people of Willesden by low-flying jet aeroplanes on 22nd and 23rd June; and, in view of the frequent disregard of regulations, if he will now take effective steps to prevent a recurrence.

55. Mr. Viant

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware that on 22nd and 23rd June between the hour of 8.30 a.m. and 9 a.m. the roar of a jet aeroplane flying exceedingly low caused young children to scream with fear and get into a state of panic; and, as low flying over Willesden is becoming prevalent, if he will take the necessary action to see that disciplinary steps are taken against those who fail to conform to the regulations regarding the heights to be observed when flying over thickly populated areas.

Mr. Hay

Investigation has not shown that any civil jet aircraft flew abnormally low over Willesden at or about the times mentioned; nor have I received any complaints which might have helped to identify a possible offender. I am confident that pilots flying over Willesden from the Watford holding area to London Airport will not descend lower than required for the sake of safety in approach and landing.