Lords prepare to release Chinook verdict report

The House of Lords will publish a report next Tuesday on whether pilot negligence or a possible technical malfunction was the...

The House of Lords will publish a report next Tuesday on whether pilot negligence or a possible technical malfunction was the cause of the crash of Chinook helicopter ZD576 on the Mull of Kintyre in June 1994.

Computer Weekly campaigned for the Lords inquiry because of doubts over the cause of the accident. Evidence has come to light of potentially serious problems with safety-critical Fadec engine control software - the system fitted to Chinook ZD576, which crashed on the Mull killing all on board, including 25 senior police and intelligence officers.

Two RAF air marshals recorded a verdict that the pilots of Chinook ZD576, Rick Cook and Jonathan Tapper, were negligent. But the Lords voted last year to set up a select committee to consider whether that finding was justified. The committee's report will be published on 5 February.

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