Four years on from the explosion of an RAF Nimrod over Afghanistan that was shown to have been “never airworthy” , the families of the victims secured £15million in civil compensation.
The compensation was paid to family members of the 14 crew who died due to the faulty plane they were being carried in. Wives and girlfriends received compensation payments of £800,000 for their loss, with other family members receiving compensation payments at more meagre levels.
The incident, as well as being a tragic one for all concerned, was a huge embarrassment for the RAF and the Ministry of Defence, who were accused of cutting corners on safety to save money and breaching the crew’s human rights.
Thompsons Solicitors have and continue to pursue claims for the wrongful deaths of servicemen due to faulty of substandard equipment for the MOD.