RAF pilot killed in air show

A member of the RAF Red Arrows died yesterday after his jet crashed in Dorset.

Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging’s Hawk T1 aircraft crashed near Bournemouth airport, after the elite RAF aerobatics team had completed a display as part the Bournemouth air festival, which attracts visitors each year.

It is thought that Egging guided the plane away from houses and people before it crashed with its nose in the river Stour near the village of Throop. He was found with his parachute open, but not in his ejection seat.

Prior to the incident, the show had gone smoothly, as the RAF Hawk jets painted pictures of love hearts in the sky with trails of pink smoke over the seafront.

More than 220,000 festival goers and visitors had gathered onto the beach front to watch the flying display on Friday.

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