Sqn Ldr Samuel Bailey was killed when two Tornado GR4s collided in a horrific air crash on 3rd July 2012, along with his colleagues, Flt Lt Hywel Pode and Flt Lt Adam Sanders. Bailey, who had been suffering from phobic anxiety disorder and fear of flying in the run-up to the incident, was killed when the plane he was travelling in crashed into another plane over the Moray Firth. At the time, the two planes were heading to a firing range near Tain for training. The Ministry of Defence has now admitted liability for Bailey’s death.
Sqn Ldr Bailey’s wife, Fiona, who serves at RAF Lossiemouth, commented, “Getting this admission of liability is extremely important to me and our daughter, in that my husband’s good name has been maintained and no fault has been attached to his actions in the incident. We are relieved that we will now finally see some justice for what happened.”
The report on the investigation into the collision mentioned that a lack of anti-collision equipment on the planes contributed to the accident, whilst Sqn Ldr Bailey’s condition probably also played a part. For years, it has been recommended that a collision warning system (CWS) was installed on Tornados, but this has never happened. Other factors identified that contributed to the crash included management shortcomings and ‘inefficient supervision.’ Whatever the reasons behind the crash, the news that RAF compensation may soon be forthcoming is sure to be welcomed by Sqn Ldr Bailey’s family.
Injured whilst working for the MoD
Injuries whilst working for the MoD are not uncommon; as with any job there are risks, but for some service men and women, there are more risks than others. Whilst accepting the dangers of serving in the RAF or armed forces is necessary, the MoD still has a duty of care to protect you whilst you’re at work. If they have been negligent in some way and this leads to an accident, they could be held liable. For example if they have failed to maintain vehicles, aircraft or equipment to the necessary standards and you have been injured, you could make a claim for compensation.
Claiming compensation from the MoD
Many people are daunted by the prospect of claiming compensation from the MoD, but there’s no need to be. Choose a firm such as Accident Advice Helpline – we have experience of handling claims against the MoD for injuries whilst in service, so we know our stuff. We’ll support you and explain every step of the claims process to you and you can call us at any time for confidential, no-obligation advice. Why not get in touch today on our freephone helpline, to find out if you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation?
Source: BBC News
Date Published: July 21, 2014
Author: David Brown