Coroner criticises RAF for not recording key decisions before aircraft was shot down in Iraq in 2005, killing all 10 on board

A coroner concluding  the inquest into the deaths of 10 servicemen killed when their Hercules aircraft was shot down in Iraq today criticised the RAF for its poor record-keeping.

Masters said the inquest had been “plagued by an inability to retrieve documents” recording key RAF decisions prior to the tragedy. “I believe that the ability to retrieve and view documents that record key decisions as not just important, but essential – equally important is the rationale behind them,” he said.

Read more: The Guardian, October 22, 2008

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