Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Red Arrow jet crashes at RAF Valley

The Red Arrows in action at the Sunderland Airshow last summer CREDIT: OWEN HUMPHREYS/PA WIRE.

Red Arrows jet has crashed during an incident at RAF Valley in north Wales, the Ministry of Defence has said. It is understood that two people were on board the Red 3’s BAe Hawk aircraft which crashed while making its final approach at the RAF base in Anglesey. The pilot reportedly ejected but their condition is unknown. An air ambulance was en route to the scene at around 13.30. An MoD spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident today at RAF Valley involving a Hawk aircraft.

"We are investigating the incident and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage." The Red Arrows are at RAF Valley preparing for the coming display season.

The base, where the Duke of Cambridge served for three years as a search and rescue pilot, is used to train UK fighter pilots and aircrew for mountain and maritime operations. Around 1,500 service personnel, civil servants and contractors are based there.