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RAF Brize Norton

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flights from RAF Brize Norton have been abandoned following commencement owing to mechanical faults in each year since 2005. (260691)

A record of all flights originating from RAF Brize Norton since 2005 that were cancelled due to technical faults is not recorded centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

For part of the requested period, statistics have been collated for flights undertaking airbridge tasks in support of Operation Herrick, Operation Telic and the Falkland Islands Permanent Joint Operating Base. In the period from January 2008 to date, no airbridge flights were cancelled due to technical faults, although some flights did incur delays or airframes were changed due to technical faults on the originally allocated airframe.