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Royal Air Force (Parachuting Exercises, Palestine)

Volume 441: debated on Tuesday 29 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Air, how many men have lost their lives in Palestine through the failure of the parachute to open when engaged on exercises; and if he is satisfied that sabotage is not taking place in connection with the packing of the parachutes.

One officer and three men have lost their lives in Palestine during parachuting exercises. These accidents, which I very much regret, were carefully investigated and the possibility of sabotage was ruled out: I am sending my hon. Friend particulars. The last of the accidents was in October of last year; since then, several thousand jumps have been made without any parachute failures.