Friday, May 23, 2008

Nimrod Never Airworthy

The Panorama report on the unsafe Nimrod

We've blogged the appalling Nimrod fiasco many times (see all blogs gathered here). Our view is that the current generation of planes should be grounded immediately (see here), and the next generation MRA4 project abandoned forthwith.

Now, at the continuing inquest into the deaths of those 14 servicemen in the 2006 Nimrod explosion:

"Andrew Walker, the assistant deputy coroner for Oxfordshire, declared that none of the planes have been airworthy since the fleet was introduced into service in 1969.

He called for the fleet to be grounded."

So will MOD do it?

Not a chance. Rather than admit they've been wrong, they'd prefer our servicemen to go on risking their lives.

It's sickening.

Reminder: the replacement Nimrod MRA4 project was originally supposed to cost £2bn for 21 planes- £95m each. But we're currently on £3.5bn for 12 aircraft- £290m each. That's a price increase of 205%. And it's running seven and a half years late, so won't be in service until 2010, at the earliest. And remember - it will still basically be a converted Comet, which first took to the skies in 1949. It is insanity.

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