MoD knew of Chinook risk

December 2008
Computer Weekly;12/16/2008, p5
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The article reports that a senior defence official warned the Ministry of Defence of Great Britain to suspend flights of a Chinook helicopter, on the day the aircraft crashed on the Mull of Kintyre. The official warned because of safety concerns over its computerised engine control system. The crash killed four aircrew and 25 senior police and intelligence officers 14 years ago. It was revealed in a leaked memo from a senior military officer that there were serious concerns about the safety of the helicopter on the day of the crash. The memo, from the Rotary Wing Test Squadron (RWTS), dated 2 June 1994, raises questions about the safety of the Chinook's computerised Fadec engine control system.


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