Wednesday 21 February 2018

Red Arrows pilot dies after ejector seat mishap

A RED Arrows pilot has died after being accidentally ejected from his plane while it was still on the tarmac during a training session yesterday morning at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed the pilot had died from multiple injuries sustained during the accident, thought to have involved his being ejected from the cockpit while his jet was still on the ground and before his parachute deployed.

The incident followed the death of Red Arrows pilot Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging (33), who was killed in an air show crash near Bournemouth Airport in Dorset in August.

The Red Arrows is carrying out winter training at RAF Scampton, where each pilot flies three times a day, five days a week, beginning with small formations.

Irish Independent

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