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Low Flying

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 27 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to research the relationship between the heights at which (i) RAF Tornados and (ii) Tornados operated by the Luftwaffe are regularly flown and the respective accident rates for these forces.

None. The total number of accidents involving Tornados flown by either the RAF or the Luftwaffe would form too small a statistical sample to enable meaningful conclusions to be drawn.However, after any RAF aircraft accident, a board of inquiry investigates the full circumstances (in which aircraft height may or may not be a relevant factor) and makes recommendations to minimise the risk of recurrence.