Red Arrows Hawk jet crashes at RAF base in UK

Pauline Gross
March 22, 2018

A Red Arrows' plane from Lincolnshire's RAF Scampton has crashed with the pilot ejecting, according to reports.

The Welsh Ambulance Service was called shortly before 1:30pm - and an air ambulance was also sent. The RAF has launched an investigation, saying it would be inappropriate to comment further.

The Red Arrows are the RAF's aerobatic display team which performs at summer events, including the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London which the Royal Family watches from the Buckingham Palace balcony.

"I had some binoculars with me and I could see there was a jet on the runway on fire and within a very short period of time two fire engines turned up and started spraying foam".

Caterer Anne Wilson, who works at The Anglesey Golf Club, situated at the end of the runway at RAF Valley, witnessed the aftermath of the crash.

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North Wales Police has confirmed that one man died and another - the aircraft's pilot - is seriously injured.

Tucker-Lowe did not disclose the pilot's condition or the name of the Red Arrows engineer killed in the "tragic accident", but said their families had been informed.

"I did go and have a look and there was a big fireball and lots of smoke. quite a few of the members actually saw it".

Rev'd Andy John said: "On behalf of the Diocese of Bangor, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the engineer who died, as well as with the pilot, the medical staff responsible for care and the pilot's family".

August 2011 - Red Arrows Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, 33, was flying a Hawk T1 when it came down into a field after he pulled six times the force of gravity at an air show near Bournemouth Airport, killing him instantly. It just burned bright orange and there was smoke everywhere'.

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