RAF and contractor Qinetiq criticised by MoD report into death of Flt Lt Alex Jay Parr

A damning report into the death of one of the RAF’s top test pilots said the aircraft he crashed in had “significant equipment defects” before it took off. Flt Lt Alex Jay Parr, a 40-year-old father of three, died in July 2016 when a Yak-52 he was piloting suffered engine failure and crash-landed on farmland. Parr was thrown from the plane and his body was found several feet from the wreckage.

A report by the Ministry of Defence has strongly criticised the RAF and the defence firm Qinetiq for a string of failings which contributed to the accident. These include the fact the plane, used in instruction flights to train test pilots, took off with broken flight instruments, out-of-date parachutes and worn-out seat harness straps.

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