Press Release 13th November

Flying Phantom owners fined £1.7 million

Commenting on the recent decision by the High Court in Edinburgh to fine the owners of the Flying Phantom Duncan McNeil said:

‘This is a significant fine but which must be seen in the context of the scale of the disaster and the significant loss to the families. The decision may provide some comfort to the families who have experienced a long and arduous journey to get the justice that they truly deserve. However, it’s unfortunate that they are still waiting for a Fatal Accident Inquiry which would enable them to get the full details of what happened on that fateful night.’

‘This case has underlined the need for change in the current system for investigating fatal accidents which is simply not working and is preventing families from getting to the truth. I am supporting a Bill put before parliament by my Labour colleague Patricia Ferguson, which aims to radically overhaul the system by putting the families of the deceased at the heart of the process and that will ensure quicker outcomes for families by allowing FAI’s to take place alongside criminal proceedings.’