HC Deb 19 July 1995 vol 263 cc1348-9W
Mr. Butcher

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the findings of the inquiry into the incident at Islay in June 1994 involving an aircraft of the Queen's flight. [36349]

Mr. Arbuthnot

The inquiry into the incident on 29 June 1994 when a BAe 146 of the Queen's flight ran off the runway after landing at Islay has been completed and I have placed a summary in the Library of the House. The captain and navigator were responsible for the safe operation of the aircraft and the supervision of HRH the Prince of Wales, who was flying as a pilot under instruction. The inquiry judged that the captain and navigator had been negligent in failing adequately to plan and to correct the approach and landing. Procedures for appointments of aircrew to the Queen's Flight—now part of No. 32 (The Royal) Squadron—flight deck procedures and evaluation of standards have been reviewed as a result of this incident and changes have been made.