British 'Red Arrows' jet crashes at air base

Marsha Scott
March 21, 2018

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

A sign at the entrance to RAF Valley where a Red Arrows jet crashed following an incident. "We are investigating the incident", it said on Twitter.

Red Arrow jets are famous for their aerobatic displays and stunts.

An eyewitness said they saw someone parachute form the plane just before it crashed.

The incident occurred this afternoon at RAF Valley in Holyhead, Anglesey, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Two years later, four people were killed when a couple of Gnats collided during a cross-over manoeuvre.

She said the air ambulance was at the scene "for a very long time".

Tragic accident Wreckage and smoke from the Hawk jet can be seen at RAF Valley PICS SWNS  PA
Tragic accident Wreckage and smoke from the Hawk jet can be seen at RAF Valley PICS SWNS PA

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

The RAF is asking anybody with photographs of the incident to send them in to help with an investigation.

The pilot's condition is not yet known.

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.

Reading a statement at the RAF base, Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe, described the crash as a "tragic accident" and said the families of the engineer and the pilot had been informed.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson added: 'Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of the RAF engineer at this incredibly sad time'.

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