§ Mr. Hicks
asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will carry out a full investigation into the circumstances that led to an accident occurring on Tuesday 27th March at Caradon Hill, Liskeard, involving a Royal Air Force Hunter jet fighter; if these inquiries will include a review of the whole question of the suitability and selection of areas for low flying training purposes; and if he will make an interim statement.
§ Lord Lambton
The Hunter from RAF Chivenor which crashed near Caradon Hill on 27th March 1973 was engaged on a low-level training flight. The pilot baled out after apparently striking a supporting stay on the television transmitter aerial on the summit. A full investigation will be carried out and will include all relevant flight safety aspects. I can see no grounds for instituting a more general inquiry into the pattern of RAF low-flying training which is already kept under continuous review.