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Chinook - Still Hitting Back 3 (Merged)

Old 9th Jul 2011, 21:24
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My apologies Chugs... The thrust of my message was that the repairs would make it impossible for the past failings to continue which would, indeed, require the independent oversight you have campaigned for. My "clarity" left something to be desired...
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Old 9th Jul 2011, 21:34
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There have been many false dawns these last 17 years. For every moment we believed a summit had been reached, hopes have been dashed. I can only hope today's news is not one of them. Even if Lord Philip finds the pilots to have been unfairly blamed, that is simply the start of another battle, since only the Royal Air Force have it in their power to change the finding of their own Board of Inquiry.

However, it must be said: How often do they have to be told they got it WRONG! For the reputation of the service in which I was honoured to serve, they must act now! This issue is bigger than any individuals. It has the capacity to trash the modern reputation of an organisation who's 'few' defended the free world!

Let right be done for heaven's sake!

There will be no celebrating, and no gloating. Merely people standing quietly at gravesides drinking a tearful toast to those to whom a debt was owed.

And paid.

Never will those who knew them, forget them.

And if necessary, we will begin again. And again, and again!
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Old 9th Jul 2011, 21:45
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Well done all of you who have been fighting this injustice for years.
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Old 9th Jul 2011, 22:19
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Too soon as yet but it will be a good moment when this thread becomes *unsticky*. Then it will be truly over. Well done to everyone who kept the campaign going.
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Old 9th Jul 2011, 23:01
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If these reports turn out to be true, sincere wishes to all the families and campaigners here and elsewhere for tirelessly seeking the truth.
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Old 9th Jul 2011, 23:54
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Whilst I now nothing new other than what I have seen on the news this evening, and I have enjoyed many beers, I hope the findings of the enquiry are that there was reasonable doubt as to the cause of the accident, hence negligence was a bollox finding.
That for me was the issue, with no CVFDR the board could not eliminate many possible scenario's so, according to the rules at the time, they should not have found the crew negligent. This does not mean that the board did not identify the most likely scenario, and I think it unlikely (but possible) there was airworthiness issue with the chinook fleet at the time.
I knew Jon and Rick well and after many years of injustice, I hope their names are cleared
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 00:01
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Welcome news

Great news, Jon and Rick finally laid to rest. Wratten, I hope justice finds you.....
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 00:04
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William Wratten

Surely steps should be taken to remove the 'Sir'.
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 00:19
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Many thanks for your post #8043. The weasel words of "Sir" Michael Graydon on the Radio 4 link almost defy belief. His is the mindset which has prevented justice from being done well before now. Sadly, I have it on good authority that "Stars" have not only followed the same line ever since the tragedy, but that their current successors are slavishly following in their footsteps.

What a tragedy for our beloved Royal Air Force.

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Old 10th Jul 2011, 00:24
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Fingers crossed for this week, Tandems post not only sums the whole thing up but brought a very big lump to my throat.

Wratten et al I wish you no ill but I sincerely do hope your day comes soon.
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 00:38
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It remains a tragedy that it has taken so long to bring this matter within a gnat's breadth of a conclusion. It is a credit to Brian Dixon for starting what is probably one of the longest threads on the Internet. It is a credit to the forum for allowing us to indulge ourselves here over the years. I would refer you to my earlier postings, but they are no longer appropriate.

I really wish the senior airships would understand what they have done and the harm they have caused. They seem blissfully unaware of the depth of feeling at 'our' level. They still seem blissfully unaware that so many of us, with differing levels of experience (my 1000+ hours on SH are as nothing to some who contribute here), do not understand how they reached the conclusions they did no matter how much we read those conclusions .

It would be nice to think, as others have hinted, that some good will come out of this and the system will be improved for the collective good of those who serve now and those who have yet to serve.
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 07:59
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The Wheels of Justice turn exceedingly slowly.

Hopefully the crew will finally be fully exonerated, and also hopefully those responsible for the original travesty of justice will get their just deserts.
No more reading the delusional rantings of the supporters of Wrotten and Day.
A very hearty "Well done Brian and team".
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 08:54
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Pilots 'cleared' over Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash - Telegraph
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 16:04
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A hearty congratulations to the the core of folk who have worked so hard to keep this injustice at the forefront of everyone's minds. It has taken an unbelievably long time to get a result that, to right-thinking people, was obvious from the start. But Dark Forces have worked very hard to make the process painful and slow. Nevertheless, grim determination that natural justice should prevail has seen the process through. Those of you close to this matter can be very, very proud indeed!

Wratten et al I wish you no ill but I sincerely do hope your day comes soon.
I'm going to have to take a contrary view there - I want to see heads on stakes! And it is pretty obvious whose heads they should be.

[Sir William Wratten, my 4rse! Bill the Bonehead, more like ........]
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 16:17
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But Dark Forces have worked very hard to make the process painful and slow.

But Dark Forces have worked very hard to make the process painful and slow.
How true. It took some 16 years for the CHART report to be revealed. How long will it take for NART?

DV

Sorry, that should be 19 years (1992 to 2011)

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Old 10th Jul 2011, 19:19
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BBC News - Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash report 'clears pilots'

About time.
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Old 10th Jul 2011, 21:59
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It is perhaps a measure of how red faced MoD is over this issue that the finding has been leaked over a weekend when the press is in a self-obsessed feeding frenzy over the demise of the News of the Screws.

Well done Brian and all at the MoKG.
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Old 11th Jul 2011, 00:53
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Well done, Brian & Co!
What a shame that it took so long.
The sad thing is that it wasn't in my view about airmanship, it was about interpretation of the englsh languge. The [I]beyond a shodow of doubt" element always failed because ACM W & Co were trying to prove a negative.
Do I recall him saying in the HoL or one of the other hearings, "there is no other explanation"
This is way short of the proof needed for gross negligence.

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Old 13th Jul 2011, 10:57
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Unfortunately i dont have time to read thru the thousands of posts on this topic, so i hope someone can please provide an answer to this question. If the pilots have been cleared of blame for the crash, then why EXACTLY did it crash? It just seems common sense to me that you cant do the former without knowing the latter. I dont know much about it and that question just popped into my mind. Thnx.

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Old 13th Jul 2011, 11:05
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Today is the day

Today is the day - after nearly 2 weeks of badgering the MoD for information, I finally received an email from them this morning.
The Secretary of State will announce the outcome of the Mull of Kintyre Independent Review by Oral Statement in the House of Commons today after Parliamentary Questions. The MOD will be issuing a Press Release after the announcement. Both the Review and the Statement will be available on the internet and our Press Release will contain links.

I would be more than happy to Email you a copy of the Press Release after the announcement.
I will post the press release if I can

I note that it's probably be a good day for the MoD to make what may be a 'difficult' announcement - Liam Fox has to wait for the Prime Minister to make his oral statement on News International first.

airsound

Late addition:
I now understand Fox' statement will be at 1330.

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