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Royal Air Force (Aircraft Accidents)

Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many lives have been lost, both civilian and military, from accidents involving RAF aircraft in training manoeuvres in the period 1945 to the present.

RAF aircraft accident statistics, which are available only from 1946, do not discriminate between crashes which occurred on training flights and those on operational missions. The information readily available on the number of lives lost as a result of these accidents is as follows:

CivilianMilitaryTotal
1946–63**3,684
196413435
196506969
196613233
196706161
196804040
196902121
197002323
197127375
197212324
197322123
1974156
197511516
197602222
19773710
197802424
1979 to date3811
4,177
* Breakdown between civilian and military not available.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF aircraft have been lost during training manoeuvres during the period from 1945 until the present date; and what has been the cost of these losses.

RAF aircraft accident statistics, which are available only from 1946, do not discriminate between crashes which occurred on training flights and those on operational missions. The number of aircraft damaged beyond repair or missing was as follows:

1946–634,720(average 262 per year)
196457(average 31 per year)
196535
196652
196747
196842
196926
197029
197138
197227
197325
197412
197516
197625
197714
197820
1979 (to date)25
Information on the cost of all these losses is not readily available and could not be obtained without disproportionate effort.