Tornado tragedy inquiry concludes but findings remain confidential

Three Lossiemouth-based airmen died in tragedy.

Relatives of three airmen who died after their Tornado aircraft crashed over the Moray Firth while returning from a training mission have been provided with copies of the official report into the tragedy.

However, while opinions over what caused the accident has been reached by the Military Aviation Authority (MMA) board of inquiry findings family members who have been given sight of the report have been asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

The Lossiemouth community was in shock in July 2012 when the two aircraft from XV(Reserve) Squadron at the base were thought to have collided before going into the sea just south of Wick.

Three airmen died in the tragedy, Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders, Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole and Squadron Leader Sam Bailey. A fourth and still unnamed airman survived the accident.

It is yet to be decided if a Fatal Accident Inquiry is to be held, while an MoD spokesman said: “The initial service inquiry has come to some conclusions and that information has been provided to the families.

Following the accident an extensive search was carried out that subsequently managed to recover the two jets from the seabed, including the flight recorders which are thought to have provided detailed information to assist the inquiry team.

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