Dead Tornado pilot found

The remains of Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders have been recovered from the site of a RAF Tornado crash in the Moray Firth two weeks ago. Additional remains have also been found and are being formally identified.

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MoD confirm death of officer in Tornado crash

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.


Coastguard: We are now in a recovery phase

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:

The search-and-rescue phase of the mission was terminated at 7.04pm yesterday evening. We are now in a recovery phase. We stand by to assist the Ministry of Defence in any way that we can if required.


Crashed RAF Tornado jets: Key facts

  • 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.
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