Government agency to lead inquiry into death of RAF paratrooper

Sergeant Rachel Fisk. Image: RAF handout

AN INQUIRY into the death of a Royal Air Force paratrooper has been handed over to a government agency.

Sergeant Rachel Fisk, 32, of Carterton, died following a parachuting incident on September 2 at RAF Weston on the Green, near Bicester.

Thames Valley Police (TVP) have now reported that the force has handed over the investigation into the unexplained death to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

An investigation was first launched jointly with the HSE, and conducted by TVP under the Work-related Death Protocol.

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TVP has now concluded its investigation into the offenses of corporate manslaughter and gross negligence.

The HSE will continue to investigate any possible breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Chief Superintendent Katy Barrow-Grint said: ‘Thames Valley Police have now concluded their involvement in this investigation and have handed over the investigation to the HSE.

“Our hearts go out to Sergeant Fisk’s family following this tragic incident.”

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HSE Principal Inspector Stephen Faulkner said: ‘Now that the police investigation is complete, it is important that the HSE conducts its own thorough and conclusive investigation to determine the cause of this incident.

“The HSE will build on the evidence gathered so far and bring in its own specialist investigators and independent support in what is likely to be a complex investigation.

“We continue to send our deepest condolences to the family and those closest to Rachel Fisk during this difficult time.”

In February, during a pre-inquest review, Chief Coroner Darren Salter said another review was to take place later in the year.

However, Mr Salter explained to Sgt Fisk’s parents, who watched the pre-inquest examination via video link, that an inquest may not take place if the parachute instructor’s death results in a trial. in Crown Court.

If an inquest did take place, it would likely be a jury inquest – as is often the case in workplace death cases.

This story was written by Liam Ricehe joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

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