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Mid-Air Collision (Hexham)

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask t he Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will ensure that the findings of the board of inquiry into the mid-air collision near Hexham on 9 January will be made public; and if he will make a statement;(2) if, in the light of the mid-air collision near Hexham, on 9 January, he will undertake a review of the training of air crews; and if he will make a statement;(3) if, in the light of the mid-air collision near Hexham, on 9 January, he will undertake a review of the effectiveness of RAF co-ordination and information of low-flying exercises over each area at any particular time; and if he will make a statement;(4) if, in the light of the mid-air collision near Hexham, on 9 January, he will ensure that every aircraft involved in a low-flying mission contains a device to monitor the height of the aircraft throughout the exercise, and that this is recorded for subsequent inspection; and if he will make a statement;(5) when he expects the board of inquiry to report its findings on the mid-air collision near Hexham on 9 January; and if he will make a statement.

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The board of inquiry into the mid-air collision near Hexham on 9 January 1990 will make its report as soon as it has completed its investigations. A summary of the board's findings will be published in the usual way. We shall take whatever action we consider necessary in the light of the board's report to minimise the risk of such an accident recurring.