Clive Fairweather: The right decision at last, but the reason for this tragic accident will never be known
HAVING sat or crouched in the back of countless helicopters by day and night and in all weathers, for me the RAF Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre in June 1994 has always held a particular fascination.
BEFORE the Defence Secretary's apology, years of reviews and inquiries had failed to satisfy those connected with the Chinook crash.
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THE families of the two pilots killed in the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre have described a report clearing the pair of negligence as putting right a "dreadful wrong" and as "closure" over the disaster that claimed 29 lives.
DEFENCE Secretary Liam Fox apologised today to the families of the pilots in the Mull of Kintyre helicopter crash after a new report cleared them of an earlier finding of negligence.
A RETIRED judge will lead a new independent inquiry into the 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash as families of the two RAF pilots continue to press for their sons' names to be cleared.
CAMPAIGNERS have welcomed a fresh inquiry into the RAF Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre.
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to clear the names of the two pilots blamed for the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre in 1994 were celebrating yesterday after winning a pledge of an independent review.
ARMED forces minister Bill Rammell yesterday agreed to meet the families of those killed in the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash – but ruled out a further inquiry.
PRESSURE is mounting on defence chiefs to exonerate the two pilots officially blamed for the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre in 1994 after new evidence emerged that computer software could be to blame.
THE accident on the Mull of Kintyre on 2 June, 1994, claimed 29 lives, including 25 of the UK's top counter-terrorism experts.
The father of one of the RAF pilots who died in the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash spoke today of his disappointment after it emerged his son will not be cleared of blame.
A SENIOR RAF officer issued an instruction that a Chinook helicopter should not be flown on the same day that the aircraft crashed on the Mull of Kintyre, a leaked memo revealed last night.
FAMILIES of the pilots of the Mull of Kintyre Chinook helicopter crash have renewed calls to clear their names on the 11th anniversary of the tragedy.
THE Tories vowed last night to overturn the negligence verdicts recorded against the pilots in the Mull of Kintyre Chinook helicopter disaster.
TONY Blair has decided to uphold a controversial ruling that the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre was the fault of the pilots.
FAMILIES of the 29 people who died in the RAF Chinook tragedy gathered to mark the tenth anniversary of the disaster yesterday.
TWO top defence insiders have broken their silence to express concerns over the inquiry into the Chinook helicopter crash in which 29 people died. On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the crash, a senior RAF officer and an MoD officer have exposed apparent flaws in the RAF inquiry and have called for the pilots to be exonerated.
A RETIRED Royal Air Force chief has added his voice to demands that the pilots of a Chinook helicopter which crashed in Scotland 10 years ago this Wednesday should be cleared of gross negligence.
IN THE early evening of 2 June 1994, RAF Chinook 2 helicopter ZD576, flying from Belfast to Inverness, crashed into the Mull of Kintyre, killing instantly all 29 occupants. It was the worst accident in RAF peacetime history, in which Northern Ireland’s anti-terrorist services lost 25 senior intelligence and security officers.
MIKE Tapper learned from experience that no fight is more difficult to win than a protracted campaign to secure justice for the dead. On 2 June Mr Tapper, 69, and others will gather in Kintyre to commemorate the 29 who died. Among them were Flt Lts Jonathan Tapper, 28, and Rick Cook, 30, the pilots whose "gross negligence" caused the crash, according to the Ministry of Defence.
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