The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland said “justice has been done” after the two pilots blamed for the 1994 RAF Chinook crash on the Mull of Kintyre were cleared.
Defence Secretary Liam Fox outlined the findings of Lord Philip’s review into the crash today, which said Flight Lieutenants Jonathan Tapper and Richard Cook should not have been accused of gross negligence.
Right Reverend David Arnott hailed the decision, saying: “Thankfully now their memories can be mourned and, after the years of waiting, hopefully the families can find some solace in the conclusions of Lord Philip’s report.
“I am so happy for them that the names and reputations of these two men have finally been restored. At last, justice has been done.“
The case of the pilots was first brought to the attention of the 2003 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland when the Presbytery of Argyll brought a petition calling for the Ministry of Defence to review the disaster.
On that day, members of the families of the pilots were in the public galleries of the Assembly Hall in Edinburgh, and later they spoke of the comfort and support they had received from the Kirk.
Since then the Church of Scotland has continued to offer its support to the families in their fight for an independent inquiry.