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The Ministry of Defence has released this statement following the death of one of the crew members rescued after two Tornadoes crashed in the North Sea:
"Following the incident involving two of our Tornado GR4 aircraft in the Moray Firth yesterday, it is with great sadness that I must confirm the death of one of the crew members, an officer from 15 (Reserve) Squadron, based here at RAF Lossiemouth.
“A second crew member remains under medical care, where he is in a serious but stable condition.
“Two additional personnel remain unaccounted for. Due to extremely poor weather conditions in the area, the RAF and Her Majesty’s Coastguard have made a joint decision not to resume search and rescue operations.
“The operation will be resumed as a recovery operation as soon as possible, but we must be realistic: given the length of time that has elapsed since the accident, there is no expectation of recovering missing personnel alive.
“The Royal Air Force is in contact with the next of kin of all those involved.
A flag at RAF Lossiemouth has been lowered to half-mast following the news that one of the rescued crewmen has died. A second airman remains in hospital while a further two remain unaccounted for.
A recovery operation is due to resume once weather improves.
One member of air crew has died and two others remain unaccounted for after two Tornado jets crashed off the coast of Scotland yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said.
A fourth crew member is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
Fred Caygill, a Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman, has confirmed that the search for two missing RAF airmen in the Moray First has turned into a recovery mission:
An operation launched after two Tornado jets crashed off the coast of Scotland has turned from a search and rescue mission into a recovery operation, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said today.
The team carrying out the search for two missing RAF airmen in the Moray Firth in Scotland are meeting to decide how the operation should proceed.
It looks more likely to be a recovery operation than a rescue after sections of one of the Tornado's fuselage was recovered from the water.
The search was called off last night due to "bad weather".
Rescue teams are expected to resume the search for two RAF airmen who went missing after two Tornado jets crashed off the north coast of Scotland. Daybreak's Debi Edward reports.
Rescue teams are expected this morning to resume the search for two RAF airmen who went missing after two Tornado jets crashed off the north coast of Scotland.
Four personnel from RAF Lossiemouth were involved in the incident, in which the Tornado GR4s came down in the Moray Firth yesterday.
- The two-seater Tornado GR4 is a versatile and heavily-armed attack aircraft capable of supersonic speeds.
- It has been flown in thousands of sorties during military operations since 1990, including Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and most recently, Libya.
- RAF Lossiemouth in north Scotland is home to three of the six squadrons based in the UK - 12 (Bomber) Squadron, 617 Squadron and 15 (Reserve) Squadron.
- The other three, 9 (Bomber) Squadron, 31 Squadron, and 2 (Army Co-operation) Squadron are based at RAF Marham in Norfolk.