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Tuesday, 5 February, 2002, 17:45 GMT
Pilots cleared in Chinook crash review
Map showing where the crash took place
BBC News Online examines how both pilots were eventually cleared of negligence.

5 February 2002

Pilots cleared of blame

Richard Cook who died alongside the other pilot
Flight Lieutenant Cook - cleared along with the other pilot
Two RAF pilots blamed for the Chinook helicopter crash in 1994, in which 29 people died, are finally cleared of causing the disaster. A House of Lords enquiry says there was no justification for finding fault with the men. A Ministry of Defence investigation into the accident had accused the two men of "gross negligence".

 The BBC's Paul Adams reports

30 November 2000

Miscarriage of justice?

Pilot Jonathan Tapper
The pilots were originally blamed for the crash
The Commons Public Accounts Committee accuses the Ministry of Defence of arrogance in its dealings with the crash. The accounts committee says there were repeated problems with the Chinook's new computer system which it says may have caused the accident.

 The BBC's David Loyn reports

21 March 1996

Enquiry contradicts RAF

Two Chinook helicopters hover over an airfield
Concerns are shown about Chinook computers
After hearing almost a month of evidence, the Paisley Sheriff's Court enquiry report contradicts the official RAF view that the accident was down to pilot error. It calls for all RAF Chinooks to carry flight data recorders in future.

 The BBC's Andrew Cassell reports

9 June 1995

Government 'dishonest'

RUC Detective Chief Inspector Denis Bunting
RUC officer Denis Bunting died in the crash
The widows of the RUC officers killed in the crash meet their legal advisors ahead of the publication of the Chinook crash report. They say the government is being dishonest and has dishonoured their husbands with its behaviour.

 The BBC's Denis Murray reports

4 June 1994

Orange ball of flame

Wreckage of the RAF Chinook
All 29 people on board were killed

Eyewitnesses describe the moment the Chinook helicopter crashed into the hillside on the Mull of Kintyre killing all four crew and 25 passengers on board. Only a small section of the fuselage remains intact.

 The BBC's Andrew Cassell reports

See also:

05 Feb 02 | Scotland
Inquiry clears Chinook crash pilots
05 Feb 02 | Scotland
Chinook crash: Timeline
05 Feb 02 | Scotland
Q & A: Chinook crash inquiry
23 Jan 02 | Scotland
Chinook report date revealed
06 Mar 01 | UK Politics
Fresh Chinook crash inquiry agreed
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