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Posted on Wednesday 4th July

News Update: The Ministry of Defence are assessing when the search can resume for the pilot and navigator of the missing Tornado GR-4s, which was lost in the Moray Firth area of Scotland yesterday after a reported mid-air collision.

The search was suspended at around 10.45pm last night, with the intention of resuming the search this morning when weather conditions improved.

Last night, Station Commander RAF Lossiemouth, Group Captain Ian Gale made this statement:

'It is with great regret that I must confirm the loss of two Tornado GR4 aircraft, from this station, in an incident in the Moray Firth today. The circumstances remain uncertain but clearly this is a very serious incident.

'This incident involved four aircrew – all personnel from this station – and the thoughts of everyone here are with the families and friends of those involved.

'As I’m sure you will understand, this is an evolving situation and, as such, I am not prepared to comment at this time on their condition or speculate on the circumstances surrounding this incident. However, I can confirm that two individuals have been recovered and two remain unaccounted for. Rescue operations are continuing and I would like to record my gratitude for the ongoing efforts of all those involved.

'I am confident that the Tornado aircraft on this station are operated as safely as they possibly can be – however, today’s incident is a stark reminder that the military operations and training we conduct are not without risk.

'What happened today is under investigation and more details will be released by the Royal Air Force in due course'.


Two of the four crew members involved were airlifted to hospital in Inverness yesterday afternoon. The Police and Coastguard have been patrolling the area for debris, and some has been found in the water nearby.

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