HC Deb 19 November 1970 vol 806 cc472-3W
Mr. Alfred Morris

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will now make a further statement on the cause of the crash, involving loss of life, of a privately operated Viscount aircraft at Manchester Airport in 1969; and if he will indicate what action he is taking in the light of the Chief Inspector of Accidents' report.

Mr. Noble

Control of the aircraft was lost following a simulated engine failure during take-off, the reasons for which have not been established despite a prolonged investigation.

The Department is reviewing the whole question of training which involves simulated engine failure and has drawn the attention of aerodrome authorities and airline operators to the need to arrange the take-off and approach paths used for such operations to avoid flight over places where large numbers of people may live, work or congregate.