Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2006, fourteen British personnel were killed when a reconnaissance aircraft, a Nimrod MR2, caught fire after mid-air refueling and crashed near Kandahar in Afghanistan.
It was later determined by the Board of Enquiry that four factors contributed to the accident: “the age of the aircraft, maintenance policy, failure of hazard analysis and lack of a fire detection and suppression system, and not identifying the full implications of successive changes to the fuel system and associated procedures”. The aircraft was deemed to not be airworthy, and safety had been sacrificed to cut costs. The full Board of Enquiry report can be accessed here: https://web.archive.org/web/20090807195756/http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/BoardsOfInquiry/BoiNimrodMr2Xv230.htm
Those who died that day:
Flight Sergeant Adrian Davies, from Amersham in Buckinghamshire, was 49 years old and married with four children.
Flight Lieutenant Leigh Anthony Mitchelmore, from Bournemouth, was 28 years old and married with a three-year-old daughter and a baby son.
Flight Lieutenant Gareth Nicholas, from Newquay in Cornwall, was 40 years old and married with a daughter.
Sergeant Benjamin Knight, from Bridgwater in Somerset, was 25 years old and engaged to be married.
Sergeant Gary Quilliam, from Manchester, was 42 years old and married with a daughter.
Flight Lieutenant Steven Swarbrick, from Liverpool, was 28 years old.
Sergeant John Joseph Langton, from Liverpool, was 29 years old.
Flight Sergeant Stephen Beattie, from Dundee, was 42 years old and married with a son and daughter.
Flight Lieutenant Allan Squires, from Clatterbridge on the Wirral Peninsula, was 29 years old and married with a son and daughter.
Flight Sergeant Gary Andrews, from Tankerton in Kent, was 48 years old and married with two daughters.
Flight Sergeant Gerard Bell, from Ely in Cambridgeshire, was 48 years old and married with two daughters.
Flight Lieutenant Steven Johnson, from Collingham in Nottinghamshire was 38 years old and married with two daughters
Marine Joseph Windall, from Tylers Green in Buckinghamshire, was 22 years old.
Corporal Oliver Dicketts, the Parachute Regiment, from Wadhurst in Sussex, was 27 years old.