The Westminster SNP Leader and Member of Parliament representing RAF Lossiemouth Angus Robertson has written to the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland seeking confirmation whether there will be a Fatal Accident Inquiry into the 2012 collision of two Tornado aircraft from the Moray base.
Three RAF personnel died and a fourth was seriously injured when their fast jets collided above the Moray Firth on 3rd July 2012. No Tornado aircraft have yet been fitted with Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), despite a recommendation to do so in the 1998 Strategic Defence and Security Review to improve safety 'for man and machine'.
A Service Inquiry (SI) conducted by the Military Aviation Authority concluded last year and it is now for the Procurator Fiscal to decide whether there should be a Fatal Accident Inquiry.
In his letter to the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC, Moray MP Angus Robertson said:
"The prospect of a Fatal Accident Inquiry into the tragic fatal collision of two Tornados above the Moray Firth on 3 July 2012 has been repeatedly raised with me as MP representing RAF Lossiemouth”.
"The absence of a Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) in Tornado aircraft has been highlighted to me by constituents in the Royal Air Force, and those who have retired from the service with considerable engineering and safety experience.
"Please could you advise me when a decision will be made as to whether a Fatal Accident Inquiry will be conducted?"