31 March 2009
Families 'likely to receive compensation over deaths of servicemen'
The families of servicemen who were killed when the Nimrod aircraft they were on exploded in Afghanistan are a step closer to receiving compensation.
In documents filed at the high court, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has admitted that it breached its duty of care.
The admission was made in response to legal action being taken by mothers of two of the 14 people killed on the plane in 2006.
According to the women, the MoD did not provide adequate protection to their sons because it failed to minimise the risk of a fire breaking out on board the Nimrod.
Now that the MoD - which has an annual budget of more than £32 billion - has admitted breaching its duty of care, it has been predicted that the mothers could be in line to receive six-figure payments.
In addition, payment claims from the other families involved in the case may be triggered.
An inquest into the deaths of the servicemen found that a series of faults contributed to the explosion, including the fact that there were no fire detection and suppression systems on board the plane.