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One confirmed dead in Red Arrows crash

North Wales Chronicle

(Picture: PA) They said: 'We are aware of an incident today at RAF Valley involving a Hawk aircraft.

The pilot reportedly ejected.

A ministry statement said a Hawk aircraft used by the Red Arrows crashed, but gave no word on possible casualties.

Bunkall added: "The Red Arrows are located at RAF Scampton during the summer season but during the off-season they train at various bases across the United Kingdom, including RAF Valley".

The incident occurred in the early afternoon at RAF Valley in Anglesey, north Wales.

"I did go and have a look and there was a big fireball and lots of smoke. quite a few of the members actually saw it".

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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, head of the RAF, said the accident was a "reminder that we must never take for granted the risks our people take in the service of our country". Their conditions are not known.

"The serviceman's family have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released".

North Wales Police say the were alerted to the incident at 1.50pm - they and other local emergency services responded to calls for assistance from the RAF Valley base.

The Ministry of Defence said it was investigating the incident and could not confirm whether the occupants ejected from the aircraft.

An eyewitness said they saw someone parachute form the plane just before it crashed.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson added: 'Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of the RAF engineer at this incredibly sad time'.

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