§ Mr. Menzies Campbell
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the circumstances surrounding the crash in the North sea of a Royal Air Force Phantom aircraft on Wednesday 20 April.
§ Mr. Freeman
On 20 April a Royal Air Force Phantom FGI of 43 Squadron, RAF Leuchars crashed into the North sea during the course of the air defence exercise Elder Forest. Tragically, both crew were killed in the incident.
The Royal Air Force has convened a board of inquiry into this accident, which will examine fully all the circumstances with a view to establishing its cause, and preventing a recurrence. A summary of the board's findings will be published in due course in the usual way.