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One dead after aircraft crash at RAF Valley

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An engineer has died after a jet crashed at a RAF Valley airbase on Anglesey earlier this afternoon.

The pilot of the aircraft was also injured and is receiving medical care.

In a statement outside the airbase, Group captain Nick Tucker-Lowe said it was a 'tragic accident':

A full investigation is now underway:

The aircraft involved, a Red Arrows Hawk crewed by two RAF personnel was reported to have crashed. Sadly I can confirm that one of the two personnel has died whilst his colleague is now being treated in hospital. Our thoughts are with both men’s families at this very difficult time.

Police and Crime Scene investigators supported by other specialists will now begin a joint and full investigation led by the Air Accident Investigation Branch to establish what led up to and caused this tragic event. Until that time it would be inappropriate to add anything further. The Coroner for north west Wales will also be informed.

– Chief Inspector Simon Barrasford, North Wales Police

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.

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