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Raf Aircraft (Losses)

Volume 124: debated on Monday 7 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Air Force aircraft have been lost as a result of technical malfunction for each year since 1979, listing the type of aircraft involved.

On those losses of Royal Air Force aircraft for which board of inquiry findings are available, the following have been identified as having occurred owing to technical malfunctions:

YearNumber of AircraftType Aircraft
19795Hunter/Jet Provost/Harrier Buccaneer/Lightning
19807Buccaneer/Hunter/Phantom/Jaguar/Harrier/Canberra
19813Hunter/Lightning
19826Hunter/Jaguar/Victor/Harrier
19832Jet Provost/Tornado
19845Harrier/Tornado/Hawk/Lightning/Chinook
19850
19861Harrier
198710
1To 4 December
The statistics only relate to accidents where technical malfunction was identified as the cause. Accidents where the board of inquiry has not yet reported are excluded, as are also those where the cause cannot be positively determined.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Jet Provost aircraft have crashed as a result of technical malfunction for each year since 1979.

Aircraft lost through technical malfunction as positively identified are as follows:

Number
19791
19800
19810
19820
19831
19840
19850
19860
119870
1 To 4 December.