Slur on UK ministry

LONDON: Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) was accused of serious failures on Wednesday by a report into the mid-air explosion of a Royal Air Force (RAF) spy plane in Afghanistan, which killed 14 troops around three years ago. A report by top lawyer Charles Haddon-Cave identified a “failure of leadership, culture and priorities”, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth told the House of Commons. Ainsworth also accepted the report’s finding that “in our pursuit of financial savings, the MoD and the RAF allowed their focus on safety to suffer”.