Inquest into Red Arrows death

Flt Lt Jon Egging Photo:

An inquest into the death of Red Arrows pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging - who died just after a display last year, will begin today.

The Lincolnshire-based team were performing at the Bournemouth Air Festival, and Flt Lt Egging died when his Hawk jet crashed as he returned to Bournemouth Airport.

District Coroner Sheriff Payne will hear evidence and reach a conclusion about his death during the two-day hearing in Bournemouth.

An investigation has already been carried out by the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) and the results passed to the coroner. The MAA is an independent part of the Ministry of Defence and the inquiry panel included an RAF Wing Commander, an aviation engineer and an experienced Hawk pilot.

The inquest will also hear the results of a post mortem examination and background information about Flt Lt Egging and his career.

Bournemouth Red Arrows Association president Terry Trevett said: “Hope-fully it will clear up the questions and allow Jon to rest in peace.”

Flt Lt Egging's wife is also due to attend.