Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash

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On 2 June 1994, an RAF Chinook helicopter crashed on the Mull of Kintyre in Western Scotland, during a flight from RAF Aldergrove outside Belfast.[1]

The passengers included senior figures from RUC Special Branch, MI5, the Army and the Northern Ireland Office.

The loss of the cream of Northern Ireland intelligence officers was a blow to the Conservative Government of the time, temporarily confounding the anti-IRA campaign.
The crash posed some embarrassing questions - such as why the UK's top anti-terrorist personnel flew together.[2]


RAF flight crew

Northern Ireland Office

The Guardian reported in 2002 that five other MI5 officers died along with Deverell.[5] However, Christopher Andrew's official history of MI5 claims that only three other members of the service were on board.[6]



External resources


  1. Chinook ZD 576 - Written Evidence, House of Lords, 31 January 2002.
  2. Q&A: Chinook crash inquiry, BBC News Scotland, 3 June 2004.
  3. Mull of Kintyre Review Report, p.12, accessed 2 September 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Chinook ZD 576 - Written Evidence, House of Lords, 31 January 2002.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The 29 who died, The Guardian, 6 February 2002.
  6. Christopher Andrew, The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5, Allen Lane, 2009, p.785.