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Britain: 14 deaths in spy plane crash preventable

Britain: 14 deaths in spy plane crash preventable

Britain's defense secretary says a report has found the deaths of 14 British military personnel when a Nimrod spy plane exploded were preventable.
Bob Ainsworth told lawmakers Wednesday that poor safety checks likely contributed to the accident about 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Sept. 2, 2006.
In a report, aviation lawyer Charles Haddon-Cave says cutbacks to "the airworthiness regime" had contributed.
The crash killed 12 crew members, a Royal Marine and a soldier.
The Nimrod MR2 was on an intelligence-gathering mission when it exploded following an air-to-air refueling.


Updated : 2021-03-02 16:39 GMT+08:00