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Record must be set straight on Chinook crash

JUNE 2, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the loss of 29 souls on the Mull of Kintyre when RAF Chinook ZD576 crashed in unknown circumstances.

For 17 years the MoD claimed the two pilots were guilty of gross negligence. For 17 years the MoD withheld vital evidence.

However, in 2011, Lord Philip issued his report, confirming the airworthiness recommendations issued by the MoD's Controller Aircraft were "mandated" upon the RAF's Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.

The charge against the pilots was posthumously lifted. But Lord Philip did not expand on precisely what was mandated: that the aircraft was not airworthy .

In spite of this very clear statement, a false declaration was made to RAF aircrew that the aircraft was airworthy and the design sufficiently mature.

This act has never been explained, or investigated.

No one involved has ever been called to account for their actions. It is time to set the record straight.

DAVID HILL

Yate, South Gloucestershire

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