RAF engineer killed in jet crash at base in North Wales
Earlier reports suggested the pilot ejected from the aircraft before the plane crashed. Emergency services raced to the scene of the crash.
MOD statement on incident at RAF Valley pic.twitter.com/51MV1VGlG2— Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) March 20, 2018
The Welsh Ambulance Service said: "We were called shortly before 1.30pm this afternoon to reports an aircraft had crashed at RAF Valley in Holyhead.
"There is an emergency ambulance and a Wales Air Ambulance at the scene."
Early social media reports indicate that an incident has happened involving a @rafredarrows BAe Hawk T.1 at @RAF_Valley - It's reported that @RAFRed3 ejected, condition currently unknown.Can anyone confirm? More follows.#RAF#RAFValley#RedArrows#Hawk#UK#AirForce#Aviationpic.twitter.com/kTD7cXLcFj— Khalem Chapman (@ChappersCBJ) March 20, 2018
RAF Valley hosts training services for UK fighter pilots, as well as aircrews for mountain and maritime operations. In total, some 1,500 service personnel, including civil servants and contractors work at the site.
Following the aircraft incident at RAF Valley earlier this afternoon, if you were an eyewitness, please send any photographs of the incident to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any images may help with an investigation. Please DO NOT share these online. Please be sensitive, thank you.— Royal Air Force (@RoyalAirForce) March 20, 2018
The Red Arrows, officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, are the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Scampton. Their displays are a fixture at British summer events. Accidents involving the group are rare, the last coming in November 2011 when Pilot Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, was ejected from his aircraft while it was on the ground at RAF Scampton. He subsequently died from his injuries.