Thursday, 25 March 2021

Two pilots eject from UK Royal Navy jet

Photo Kai Greet
An aircraft from the 736 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose has crashed into woodland in Cornwall today.  The two pilots have ejected safely from the aircraft, a Hawk T1 jet, the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

The two pilots were assessed at the scene by critical care paramedics from Cornwall's Air Ambulance, before being transferred to a local hospital for assessment. 

The Ministry of Defence issued a statement, "Two pilots are being checked by medics after ejecting from a Royal Navy Hawk aircraft from 736 Naval Air Squadron during a flight from RNAS Culdrose. 

An investigation will begin in due course. We won't be providing further detail at this time."

The Police confirmed they had received reports of an aircraft crashing in the St Martin, Helston area and have asked people to avoid the area.  "Two men have been airlifted to Derriford Hospital to be treated for their injuries. Details of injuries not known at this time. - Emergency services remain at the scene carrying out enquiries."

"Police are urging members of the public to continue to avoid the area of St Martins at this time. Officers have highlighted that there may be debris in the surrounding area and emergency services are still working at the scene."

Defence Minister Johnny Mercer said the crash was due to "suspected engine failure" no other details have been released so far. 

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