Red Arrows jet crashes

Cheryl Sanders
March 21, 2018

A Red Arrows Hawk jet crashed at RAF Valley in Wales, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Two people were on board the jet at the time, Sky News and ITV News reported.

(Picture: PA) They said: 'We are aware of an incident today at RAF Valley involving a Hawk aircraft.

"The engineers' family have been informed and have asked for a twenty-four hour period of grace before further details are released".

Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe said a Red Arrows engineer had been killed in the "tragic accident" and the pilot was receiving medical care.

Rob Jones, the manager of the nearby Anglesey golf club, said his customers had seen a parachute eject from the plane before it crashed on the runway.

A number of the famous acrobatic Red Arrows aircraft have been preparing for the coming display season at the base, where Prince William served as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

An RAF engineer died and the pilot of the Hawk fast jet survived the accident at RAF Valley on Anglesey this afternoon. An emergency ambulance and a Wales Air Ambulance are at the scene.

Jones said he had seen the plane flying in the area for a couple of days and that Red Arrows planes would occasionally use RAF Valley, which is on the west coast of north Wales near the Holy Island.

RAF Valley is used to train United Kingdom fighter pilots and aircrew for mountain and maritime operations.

"They said the plane came in quite steeply and saw a pilot eject, but that it was very low to the ground when they ejected". "We are investigating the incident", it said on Twitter.

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