The RAF controller was subjected to a court martial, with GATCO supporting the controller throughout the process and partly funding his case. After the 22-day court martial (the longest in RAF history at the time), the controller was acquitted of all charges.
“I strongly urge any controller out there who has not joined GATCO to do so immediately – this professional organisation is a staunch ally in times of need.” – UK controller involved in an incident who received GATCO assistance.
GATCO published the following press release in response to the court martial verdict:
“The Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers is pleased to have supported the controller throughout his ordeal and delighted that his Court Martial has now ended with him being acquitted of all charges.
He leaves this court with his professionalism, conduct and character unblemished.
This brings to a close an unnecessary period of stress and trauma for himself, his family and the relatives of the pilots who lost their lives.
The evidence presented during the last four weeks has highlighted a need to revisit the Royal Air Force / United States Air Force arrangements to ensure that adequate safeguards and common procedures are in place for the conduct of low flying training and airspace management in United Kingdom airspace.
The Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers will continue to work with all air traffic service providers, civil and military, to achieve the highest levels of safety.”