I was delighted to hear that the new Government has agreed to an independent review of the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash where 29 people died. This is very good news indeed. Since the crash the Church of Scotland has both provided pastoral support for the families and repeatedly urged the Ministry of Defence to reconsider the judgement of “gross negligence” against the 2 pilots.
The three enquires that have taken place already have raised more questions than they have answered. Crucial questions have been raised in particular about the computer control systems which have been ignored by the MOD.
I hope that after this inquiry the families of the victims and the families of the pilots will finally achieved a sense of closure. Its been almost 16 years and that in itself is an injustice.