red arrows crash….
It has been confirmed by the Ministry Of Defence that one of the Red Arrows has crashed during a display at Bournemouth Air Festival.Posted 6 years ago
The local fire service was called at around 1.50pm to an air crash at Bournemouth International Airport.
The pilot ejected before the impact and is reported to be safe. It has not been confirmed which of the aircraft crashed.
The world famous Red Arrows from Scampton, near Lincoln, were completing their display when onlookers noticed only eight of the nine aircraft landed.
A siren at the airport was heard by onlookers and the site evacuated.
Their display was being performed over Bournmouth seafront. The plane is said to have landed on a riverbank near Throop village.
Speaking to the BBC, witness Shaun Spencer-Perkins, said: “I heard a rushing sound and I saw a plane about 15m above the ground racing across the fields.
“It impacted and bounced across the field, made it across the river.
“Members of the public jumped into the water to search for the cockpit.
“We waved down the helicopter, I took off my son’s orange jacket and my wife’s red jumper to get the attention of the helicopter.”
Flights from Bournemouth International Airport are currently experiencing delays.SSTMember
FLIGHT Lieutenant Jon Egging joined the Red Arrows team this year, aged 33, following a lifelong love of flying.
The former Southampton University student, who had supported troops in Afghanistan, was married to Emma and lived in Rutland.
Growing up in Warwickshire, he was inspired by his airline pilot father from a young age and joined his local 2028 Southam Sqn Air Training Corps at 13.
At school, he earned a RAF Flying Scholarship and later as a member of his university’s Air Squadron received an RAF Bursary to support his Environmental Studies degree.
While there, he completed his Elementary Flying Training on a Bulldog and entered the RAF in 2000.
He was picked for fast jet training, flying the Tucano and Hawk, before becoming a Qualified Flying Instructor.
Serving with IV (AC) Squadron, based at RAF Cottesmore, he flew the Harrier GR9 supporting coalition ground forces in Afghanistan.
He took part in exercises at home and abroad, as well as training missions off the UK coastline.
In his last year with IV, he moved up to become a Squadron Qualified Flying Instructor and teach the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit at Wittering, in April last year.
During their spare time, Lt Egging and his wife enjoyed running and travelling the world.Posted 6 years ago
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