HC Deb 12 December 1997 vol 302 c706W
Mr. Key

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of uncommanded flying manoeuvres have been reported by RAF pilots in(a) fixed wing aircraft and (b) helicopters in each of the past five years. [19840]

Mr. Spellar

[holding answer 9 December 1997]: The table gives the number of uncommanded movements on flying controls for RAF fixed wing aircraft and helicopters in the past five years.

1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
Fixed Wing 95 83 42 39 61
Helicopters 51 43 40 35 30

Uncommanded movements cover movements of flying controls including primary surfaces, trimmers, flaps, airbrakes and spoilers, and any induced by malfunctions of autopilots. They also include any found on pre-flight checks.

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