Lawyers Welcome Admission Liability Following Nimrod Crash

05.12.2007

Lawyers representing the families of those who died when an RAF Nimrod plane crashed in Afghanistan have welcomed an admission of liability from the MoD.

All 14 people on board the Nimrod MR2 aircraft were killed when it crashed in September 2006.  The findings of the report published by the MoD’s Board of Inquiry today announced that the crash was from exposed fuel igniting against a hot pipe in a compartment near the wing fuselage.

Andrew Tucker from law firm Irwin Mitchell who is representing the families of the victims commented: "We are delighted that the MoD has taken responsibility for this tragic incident. Had the necessary precautions been taken when the safety issues were first highlighted, which we believe was two years ago, then there is every likelihood that these service personnel would still be alive.

"We are sure the families will welcome the Inquiry into the air worthiness of the Nimrod Fleet but will be concerned that further delay may put other service personnel at risk whilst engaged on active service."