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Red Arrows crash report raises concerns
9:34am Thursday 20th December 2012 in Latest
AN INQUIRY into the crash which killed Red Arrow Jon Egging, pictured, has found the potential for an accident could have been identified more clearly in advance.
A report by the Military Aviation Authority found the crash in August 2011 was “unexpected and tragic”.
But it added: “However, with the benefit of hindsight, the potential for such an accident could have been identified more clearly in advance and more effective mitigations put in place.”
An inquest had already decided that “G-force impairment” might have caused the 33-year-old pilot to lose control of his plane before it crashed in a field near Throop minutes after a display at the Bournemouth Air Festival.
The latest report found shortcomings in workload and capacity, risk management and professional oversight.
It said the episode had “raised questions about the quality of supervision” of the Red Arrows at the time of the tragedy.
It said elite units like the Arrows needed a high degree of external oversight to make sure that an attitude of “we’re different and we do it this way” did not override attention to procedures and standards.
All our coverage of the Jon Egging inquest can be found at bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/jon_egging
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