27 May 2009
MoD 'may issue millions in compensation over deaths of servicemen'
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) may issue millions of pounds in compensation to the families of a group of servicemen who lost their lives while serving in Iraq.
Four years ago, the military personnel were on a plane which was struck by ground fire just outside Baghdad Airport.
The RAF Hercules aircraft subsequently exploded, killing ten servicemen.
Recently, the Independent on Sunday reported it had seen legal documents which suggested that the plane had been suffering from more extensive faults that had previously been disclosed.
For example, its anti-missile defences had failed five times in three months prior to the crash and its wings had exceeded their safe life.
According to the Independent on Sunday, the MoD - which has an annual budget of more than £32 billion - could pay considerable sums in compensation to the families of the victims of the incident.
Earlier this month, it admitted negligence for the deaths.