Royal visitor praises work of accident investigation centre

Nov 11, 2011


The Duke is pictured (centre) as he toured the campus in his role as Visitor.
He was shown round the campus by Vice Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Col. Colin Mason, the county’s high Sherriff Andrew Slack, university chancellor Baroness Barbara Young of Old Scone and vice-chancellor Professor Sir John O’Reilly.
The Duke’s visit was his first in his role as Visitor, appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to inspect universities. His tour took in Cranfield’s Accident Investigation Centre, which has trained and supported more than 1,000 accident investigators over the past 30 years.
The Duke saw Cranfield’s extensive range of full scale accident-damaged vehicles including helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and a Pendolino tilting train carriage involved in the Cumbria train crash in February 2007.
He said: “The Accident Centre has contributed to the investigation of many high-profile cases.  It is very interesting to see the centre first hand and to understand the complex nature of the work they undertake.
“I am reassured to know that such investigations lead to technical improvements which make transport safer for us all.”
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