Was software to blame for Chinook crash? Nope, just pilot negligence

New evidence has emerged that computer software faults may have caused a RAF Chinook helicopter crash in which 29 people died.

An official RAF enquiry into the incident concluded that the aircraft was airworthy and found the pilots guilty of gross negligence.

But the BBC has been passed internal MoD documents – written nine months before the crash – which cast doubt on the helicopter’s airworthiness, and describe the Chinook engine control computer software as “positively dangerous”.

The MoD maintain that since the incident, the Chinook Mk 2 has a “remarkably safe and successful service history” and that the documents in question were available to the crash inquiry and so cannot be classed as new evidence.

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