Fatal Accident Inquiry


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Fatal Accident Inquiry

A Scottish judicial process which investigates and determines the circumstances of deaths occurring in Scotland under the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976, which dictates compulsory FAIs for some types of deaths and discretionary FAIs for others.
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The Crown Office has now announced that a fatal accident inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death will be taking place at Inverness Sheriff Court.
A fatal accident inquiry was held into the death at Fallin Colliery on May 13, 1949, of 25-year-old miner Peter Den Kaat, 64Third Block, Fallin, who suffered a fractured skull when a stone weighing five tons fell on him.
The Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC instructed Crown Office lawyers to study the case with a view to holding a Fatal Accident Inquiry.
Spencer said: "Given there's a Fatal Accident Inquiry outstanding, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."
The Crown Office said a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) "could not better and would only repeat" the investigation already carried out by the Military Aviation Authority.
The Crown Office said a fatal accident inquiry "could not better and would only repeat" the investigation by the Military Aviation Authority, published on June 30 last year, which found 17 contributory factors, including the lack of a collision warning system on both aircraft.
"We feel a fatal accident Inquiry would help us understand why Gillian died and, hopefully, provide important lessons for the future to prevent it happening again."
Furious relatives and unions wanted a fatal accident inquiry to probe the tragedy.
A Fatal Accident Inquiry is to be held into the blaze, which fire investigators believe began in a small cupboard -just 14 in wide -on the first floor of the building.
That might have enabled them to identify more quickly a store in central Scotland supplied by the Barr shop, said Sheriff Principal Graham Cox, who conducted the fatal accident inquiry into the E.coli outbreak.
However, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC revealed that the Crown Office would examine the possibility of holding a Fatal Accident Inquiry after Wright's appeal was dealt with.