JIM Shannon, DUP MP for Strangford, has welcomed the review of the Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash that claimed 29 lives and the cream of counter-terrorism members. The responsibility for the incident was originally described as pilot error by previous inquiries but now the Minister of Defence Liam Fox has put the matter to bed and exonerated the pilot.
Speaking in the debate in the Commons, Mr Shannon said, “I thanked the Minister for his statement and the report. I said ‘I have had the occasion over the years to meet some of the families who have lost loved ones. We certainly sympathise greatly with them, and I agree with his sentiments about them. Can the Secretary of State confirm that each of the families who have lost loved ones, who have waited for so long—17 years—for a conclusion to this saga and this tragedy, will have all the conclusions and recommendations of the report made available directly to them, so that they can in some way have some closure?’ ”
Secretary of State Liam Fox responded saying, “As I said, I intend that not only a full copy of the report, with all its recommendations, but a copy of what has been said in the House today will be available to all those families, so that they can see the redress of the injustice, what we have done to investigate the issue fully and the warm and welcome words of Members on both sides of the House.”
Mr Shannon added, “Those who died that misty day at the Mull of Kintyre had done so much for the people of the Province to deliver safety and to defeat terrorism. 17 years later and the chapter has closed but our memories do not fade as we think of the families and of the sacrifice and contribution that these men gave.”