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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RAF tributes to missing men

Wing Commander Jonathon Moreton spoke warmly of Squadron Leader Samuel Bailey who is missing presumed dead.

He touched all the parts of the squadron; an immensely likeable character and professional aviator, he will be sorely missed.

The squadron's and my thoughts are with his wife Fiona and young daughter Erin at this immensely difficult time.

He also paid tribute to Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders who is still missing after Tuesday's crash.

I was impressed with his commitment to the squadron; he was a well-liked, hardworking and an enthusiastic individual. He had enormous potential as both a pilot and officer.

I am sure that the loss of this capable and much-admired pilot will be keenly felt by all on my squadron and the Royal Air Force community at large.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Tributes to dead Tornado pilot

The RAF has paid tribute to a Tornado pilot killed in a crash off the coast of Scotland earlier this week.

Wing Commander Jonathon Moreton described Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole as a "capable and confident pilot" with an "infectious personality".

Displaying a natural talent for flying the Tornado, he quickly established himself on the squadron as a very capable and confident pilot, which, coupled with his keen sense of humour and engaging character, made him a very popular student on the squadron.

Outside the squadron, he dedicated much of his personal time to others; he mentored other station personnel who aspired to gain a commission and would always volunteer to raise money for station charities, including Help for Heroes.

An infectious personality, always cheerful, friendly and immensely likeable, Hywel will be greatly missed by all.


Missing Tornado crewmen presumed dead

Two Tornado crewmen are still missing but are presumed to have died in Tuesday's crash.

The sole survivor of the accident remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Squadron Leader Samuel Bailey is missing presumed dead Credit: MoD/Crown Copyright
Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders is also feared dead Credit: MoD/Crown Copyright

Hammond pays tribute to Tornado crew

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has paid tribute to three Tornado jet crew lost in a crash in the Moray Firth earlier this week.

He told MPs: "My thoughts - and, I am sure, those of the entire House - are with their loved ones at this difficult time, and with the fourth member of the squadron involved in the incident, who is currently in a serious but stable condition in hospital."

Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole died in the Tornado crash Credit: MoD/Crown Copyright


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'Stress and fatigue' could have caused Tornado crash

ITV News has been told that the squadrons have been working over-time and are having to cancel leave as they embark on back to back tours to Afghanistan and Libya.

The combination of stress and fatigue is potentially dangerous for those in charge of powerful fighter jets.

The causes of the crash are to be fully investigated in due course.

A vessel has gone out to the crash site to locate the wreckage ahead of a salvage operation.

RAF examine Tornado wreckage

RAF personnel on a pontoon at Buckie Lifeboat station Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

RAF Personnel view the Tornado plane wreckage, which is covered by a tarpaulin on a pontoon at Buckie Lifeboat station, after it was brought ashore last night.

Two Tornados jets crashed off the north-east coast of Scotland yesterday.

Alex Salmond : 'tragic news of RAF death'

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond Credit: Press Association

One member of air crew has died and two others remain unaccounted for after two Tornado jets crashed off the coast of Scotland yesterday.

First Minister Alex Salmond said:

"This is tragic news and my sincere sympathy is with those loved ones who have been bereaved, and indeed all those affected.

RAF Lossiemouth is at the heart of the community in Moray and I know how deeply and painfully this will touch not just the personnel and families directly connected with the base, but the whole region.

The rescue services have worked incredibly hard in the hope of a different outcome and the Scottish Government remains ready to help in any way we can with the next phase of this operation."

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