HC Deb 29 May 1963 vol 678 cc141-2W
Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will make a statement on the accident which occurred on 15th May when Cadet Pilot G. A. W. Ewing, aged 20, was sent up on a solo training flight from Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, in a Chipmunk training plane which crashed; and what steps are taken to ensure that such cadets are sufficiently trained and capable of managing the planes in which they are sent up alone.

Mr. H. Fraser

While on a solo training flight a Royal Air Force Chipmunk aircraft of the Aberdeen University Air Squadron crashed at Cornhill Farm near Loch Skene at about 11.30 a.m. on 15th May. The pilot, Cadet Pilot Ewing, who had 30 hours solo flying to his credit, was killed. I should like to take this opportunity of expressing my deepest sympathy with his relatives. The cause of the accident is being investigated by a board of inquiry. No cadet is allowed to fly solo until a qualified flying instructor is satisfied that he is competent.

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