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Service Aircraft And Helicopters (Accidents)

Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether in future he will publish summaries of the causes of accidents involving Services aircraft; and how many (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) Royal Air Force (i) helicopters and (ii) aircraft have been lost in each of the last five years and in 1979 to date.

It is my intention to make a statement in the House at the earliest opportunity regarding the publication of information about the causes of military flying accidents.The number of Service aircraft lost, that is missing or damaged beyond repair, over the period stated, and broken down between helicopters and fixed wing types, is as follows:

HELICOPTERS
YearRoyal NavyArmyRoyal Air Force
1974631
1975680
1976531
1977530
1978262
1978 to date141
FIXED WING AIRCRAFT
YearRoyal NavyArmyRoyal Air Force
19742011
19750016
19761024
19771114
19782118
1979 to date0124
Figures for recent years may differ from statistics previously published as the categorisation of damage is subject to change after detailed inspection.