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Posted on Wednesday 9th November

Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of a Red Arrows pilot who was killed yesterday after being ejected from his aircraft while it was still on the ground.

An incident was reported yesterday, and it was later confirmed by the RAF that the pilot had been killed at the aerobatic team's base at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire.

East Midlands Ambulance crews and the Linconshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance were called to the scene shortly after 11.00am. Witnesses described hearing a 'massive bang' from the base. One of the Red Arrows Hawk jets which were parked on the runway had a smashed canopy. This was later covered with a tarpaulin.

The Military Aviation Authority is carrying out an independent inquiry to determine the cause of the incident. The pilot has not yet been named, at the request of his family.

This sad incident comes only months after Red Arrow team member Jon Egging died from his injuries when his plane crashed during a display at Bournemouth.

Red Arrows training has been suspended but other RAF Hawk T1 jets will continue to fly.

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