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Engineer killed in Red Arrows crash named

Jonathan Bayliss was killed when a Red Arrows jet crashed in Wales on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: RAF

The officer killed in a crash involving a Red Arrows jet in Wales has been named as Corporal Jonathan Bayliss by the Ministry of Defence.

Corporal Bayliss, who was 41, was killed when the Hawk T1 aircraft he was flying in crashed at RAF Valley in Wales on Tuesday afternoon (20th of March).

The pilot of the aircraft survived and remains in hospital.

Sergeant Will Allen, a close colleague of Corporal Jon Bayliss and the leader of the Red Arrows’ group of travelling support engineers, paid tribute to him, saying:

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 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.

– Sergeant Will Allen - Red Arrows

Squadron leader Richard Bland described Corporal Bayliss as "a top bloke with an infectious smile, cheeky grin and possessing a dry sense of humour that had the ability to fill a room with laughter. At the same time, Jon was the ultimate professional and embodiment of excellence."

Based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, all Red Arrows pilots have flown operationally in frontline aircraft before joining the display team.

Police are investigating and a full service inquiry has started.

The RAF has asked anyone who saw the incident to send photographs to rafwebadmin@btconnect.com in order to help with the investigation.