HC Deb 13 May 1964 vol 695 c73W
63. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Aviation whether he will order an inquiry into the accident to a British aircraft at Munich in 1958 with consequent loss of life among the passengers, in view of the fact that the disaster is no longer attributed to ice on the wings of the aeroplane but to slush on the runways.

72. Mr. van Straubenzee

asked the Minister of Aviation if he has received the report of the slush trials carried out at the Royal Aircraft Establishment on an Elizabethan aircraft; and if he will relate the results to the circumstances of the Munich accident in February 1958.

Mr. Marten

The inquiry into the Munich air crash was made by the Federal Republic of Germany in accordance with international agreement. Since the inquiry, a good deal of work has been done on the behaviour of aircraft in slush. Trials have recently been carried out by the Royal Aircraft Establishment to assess the take-off performance of an Elizabethan aircraft in slush. The report of these trials is now being studied and will be discussed with those concerned, including of course the German authorities.