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Tenerife Air Crash

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he has received from the Spanish authorities documentary proof that the holding pattern given to the pilot of the Dan Air Boeing 727 which crashed in Tenerife on 25 April was known to exist among pilots using Los Rodeos airport; if he will request such proof if it has not been provided already ; and if he will make a statement.

It is the duty of the Spanish commission of investigation, with the assistance of the United Kingdom accredited representative and his advisers, to establish, amongst other things, whether the pilot of the Dan-Air Boeing 727 which crashed at Tenerife was properly informed of the details of the holding pattern at Los Rodeos airport. Until the commission has completed its work and presented its report it would be inappropriate for me to comment on this or other aspects of the investigation.