» Monday, January 31, 2005


Asked if there were any further updates on the British aircraft which crashed yesterday in Iraq, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) said no. The MOD had released the list of casualties and that was really all we could say at this stage. Put to him that we should know by now the cause of the crash, the PMOS said that he understood why people were impatient; there was however a question of securing the area which was out of our area of control. Also, without wishing to be graphic, the debris was spread over quite a wide area and that had to be collected and analysed. Put to him that if it had been a mechanical failure then the pilot could have sent a distress message to people on the ground, the PMOS said that as he had stressed this morning, people shouldn’t jump to conclusions. That still remained the position. We hoped to clarify the situation as quickly as possible.

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