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Raf (Plane Crashes)

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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20.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give the number of Royal Air Force planes which have crashed in routine exercises since 1979 and their total value.

Since 1 January 1979, 163 Royal Air Force fixed-wing aircraft have suffered irreparable damage in accidents in the course of routine operations. The purchase cost of all these aircraft was £420 million. To replace those aircraft which are still in production with similar models (that is to say Tornado, Harrier and Hawk) would cost approximately £500 million at current prices.

41.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of military aircraft accidents have occurred in Wales.

Since 1 January 1979, 9 per cent. of the military aircraft losses in accidents in the United Kingdom and surrounding waters have occurred in Wales.

51.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will indicate the number of aircraft and airmen lost in low-flying training exercises in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and if will make a statement.

The table sets out the numbers of personnel killed, and aircraft lost, from 1 January 1985 to date during Royal Air Force fast jet operations involving low flying in the United Kingdom and surrounding waters:

AircraftFatalities
198533
1986211
21987938
1USAF Pilot.
2To 5 November.
3Includes one USN pilot.