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Tributes paid to RAF engineer who died in Red Arrows crash

Corporal Jonathan Bayliss. Credit: PA

The RAF engineer killed when a Red Arrows jet crashed at the air force's training ground has been named as Corporal Jonathan Bayliss.

The Hawk T1 crashed at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales, on Tuesday at around 1.30pm.

The pilot travelling in the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant David Stark, is receiving medical care after sustaining non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses reported seeing someone eject from the aircraft with a parachute before it smashed into the ground then "burned bright orange".

Colleagues paid tribute to Cpl Bayliss, 41, describing him as motivating and inspirational.

He was part of the Red Arrows' group of travelling support engineers, known as the "Circus".

Jon had the ability to motivate and inspire a team and those around him - no matter the rank, role or person.

He was so proud to have been chosen to join the Circus team for 2018 and, in being one of the small group of engineers whose job it was to fly in a Red Arrows jet, had fulfilled a schoolboy dream.

Jon had a big a presence on the squadron and with his wide, beaming smile, and dry humour, could lighten up any dull moment or lift spirits when needed.

Both inside and outside of work, he was a generous, kind and caring man who could also always be relied upon.

– Sergeant Will Allen, leader of the travelling Red Arrows engineers

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed a full police and service investigation has been launched.

A crowdfunding campaign has been created in support for Cpl Bayliss' family. Click here for further information.