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Red Arrows aircraft has crashed in North Wales

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A Red Arrows jet has crashed after an incident at RAF Valley in north Wales, the Ministry of Defence has said.

It is understood there were two people on board the jet.

The Red Arrows aircrew had been at RAF Valley for routine Hawk simulator training, which takes place once a month.

They had just taken off from the base and were on their way back to RAF Scampton, where the aerobatic team are based.

The Hawk fast jet has been left destroyed but the condition of the two on board is still unknown.

Credit: PA images

Emergency services were called to Holyhead just before 1:30pm this afternoon.

We were called shortly before 1:30pm this afternoon (Tuesday 20 March 2018) to reports an aircraft had crashed at RAF Valley in Holyhead. There is an emergency ambulance and a Wales Air Ambulance at the scene.

– Welsh Ambulance Service

Eyewitnesses described seeing smoke rising from the area following the crash.

Caterer Anne Wilson, who works at The Anglesey Golf Club, situated at the end of the runway at RAF Valley, said she witnessed the aftermath of the crash.

I did not see the crash but I heard a very loud noise. We are used to the planes going over but this was unusual, it was different to what we normally hear around here.

I did go and have a look and there was a big fireball and lots of dark smoke ... quite a few of the members actually saw it. They said the plane came in quite steeply and saw a pilot eject, but that it was very low to the ground when they ejected."

– Anne Wilson
Wreckage in the aftermath of the crash Credit: PA images

Sian Williams, who was sat at Rhosneigr train station, says she saw an aircraft hit the runway:

''I was watching the Red Arrow flying because you hardly ever see them, and then it looked like it was about to land. The next thing I saw was the parachute, and then the plane hit the runway and went up in flames."

The Royal Air Force a have urged people to not share any images online as they continue the investigation.Sian Williams, who was sat at Rhosneigr train station, says she saw an aircraft hit the runway: ''I was watching the Red Arrow flying because you hardly ever see them, and then it looked like it was about to land. The next thing I saw was the parachute, and then the plane hit the runway and went up in flames."

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The world-famous aerobatic team performs stunts and daredevil displays, and flies the distinctive Hawk fast-jets.

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

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