From this week's Flight International:
The Royal Air Force’s loss of a Nimrod MR2 reconnaissance aircraft and 14 lives over Afghanistan last year remains a poignant symbol of the operational troubles facing the UK’s stretched armed forces.Delivered in 1970 as a maritime patrol aircraft, XV230 had been forced into an overland surveillance role for which it had never been intended, but which the underfunded RAF says remains vital in protecting British and coalition lives “on an almost daily basis”.A board of inquiry report has exposed the terrible nature of the crash, and revealed that the threat of fire posed by the MR2’s frequent fuel leaks had been underestimated, or simply forgotten about, since they were identified in the mid-1980s. This revelation has turned a tragedy into a scandal from which the Ministry of Defence and RAF say they will quickly learn.The government and the air force were right to apologise for the failings which led to the crash, and their offers of a possible public inquiry will hearten those families still seeking answers after the earlier losses of Chinook ZD576 and Hercules XV179.Two more major fuel leaks have raised fresh doubts about the MR2’s ability to soldier on until 2012, and if the UK had avoided its failings on the Nimrod MRA4 then these aircraft, and XV230, would have already left service.Heaven forbid that delays with new tankers, transports and helicopters have similar results
AirSpace - more than just hot air
It is my own opinion that the British Government, MOD. RAF have always known of many long standing technical problems with many aircraft. This goes back in history a long long way.
I myself remember defects on Sea Venoms relating to the Artificial Horizon when the carrier was underway and turning etc.....I witness many of these lovely aircraft dive into the sea and only one crewman survived (he just happened to be a fanatic at safety and always practiced ditching techniques).
The MOD would not take them out of service, despite the heavy losses because they didnt have a suitable night fighter replacement aircraft.
I note the comment above re the Chinook ZD576 accident and the way the MOD/RAF immediately blamed the crew and this accidnet ? I found to be most disgusting in the outcome.
At long last they have withdrawn the crew error story and now at last another inquiry will be launched but will it be a sincere investigation is the question.
I have been associated with both the airline and helicopter world and decided to carry out my own investigation after receiving some very disturbing news which I will now disclose to the readers of this wonderful magazine that I love reading:
In regard to the latter i.e. that of sabotage; I have myself received vital information, from a very senior ex intelligence officer, that this was an inside job. It was during a very lengthy conversation on the 4th of August 2010 that this person disclosed that the Chinook was not an accident but one that had been planned from the office where the intelligence officer had previously worked.
I immediately discussed this with my friend (ex RAF) and carried out my own research. It was only last week that I again made contact with him and told him, that in my opinion, the investigation was a cover up in some way and one would have to take such evidence into consideration. He advised me that if I do not take this up with the police immediately, then he will. We both then proceeded to our local police station to report the contents of this telephone call.
The contents of the telephone call were noted by the Derby Police HQ, St Mary’s Wharf, Derby under incident number 620 dated 07/10/2010. Both Gordon Bowden and I are still waiting for a fully recorded interview, to be taken under oath, which to date still has not taken place. In my opinion it is therefore vital that my informant be interviewed to clarify what was said and for that person to substantiate the comments made.
Aviation Consultant – Senior Operations Officer Airline/Helicopter – SAR Coordinator.
I would ask anyone reading this to not only pass comment on the issues I have raised but also to post this in as many places as possible. The highly qualified crew of this Special Operations Chinook must be totally cleared so that they can rest in peace and all those very senior passengers that were on the flight.
In passing I would like for us all to remember them, as listed below;
May they all rest in peace and may we all see true justice prevail