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Red Arrows jet crashes after an incident at RAF Valley

Red Arrows jet crashes after an incident at RAF Valley.

A Red Arrows jet crashed after an incident at RAF Valley in North Wales on Tuesday 20th March 2018.

It had been reported that the pilot managed to eject from the aircraft and the air ambulance headed to RAF Valley on Anglesey, North Wales.

In a statement, 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.'

The following was reported by the Telegraph newspaper:
'It is understood that two people - the pilot (Flight Lt David Stark) and the engineer (Corporal Jonathan Bayliss) - were on board the Red 3's BAe Hawk aircraft which crashed while making its final approach at the RAF base in Anglesey.

The Ministry of Defence have now issued a statement: - 'It is with great sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of an engineer from the RAF Aerobatics Team (the Red Arrows) in a tragic accident today.

The serviceman's family have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released. The pilot of the aircraft survived the incident and is currently receiving medical care.'

The Royal Air Force has also issued the following statement: - 'Following the aircraft incident at RAF Valley earlier this afternoon, if you were an eyewitness, please send any photographs of the incident to our address. Any images may help with an investigation. Please DO NOT share these online. Please be sensitive to the ongoing situation, thank you.'

The Ministry of Defence have said the following on Wednesday 21/3/18 : - It is with great sadness that the MOD must confirm the death of Corporal Jonathan Bayliss of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (The Red Arrows). Corporal Bayliss was killed when the Hawk T1 aircraft he was flying in crashed at RAF Valley approximately 1330hrs on Tuesday 20 March 2018. A Police investigation and a full Service Inquiry into the crash has been initiated. It would be inappropriate to speculate on the causes of the incident at this time. You can read the full statement here.

Click here for a video message from Squadron Leader Martin Pert, Red 1 and Team Leader of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, paying tribute to Corporal Jonathan Bayliss and thanking people for messages of support this week.

Sqn Ldr Mike Ling will return as a display pilot for the 2018 season, standing in for RED 3 following the tragic accident last March.

The Telegraph
BBC News
Royal Air Force / MoD statement
Red Arrows Display Schedule 2018