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Red Arrows Grounded After RAF Valley Crash

The Red Arrows have been grounded after a crash at RAF Valley which killed an engineer and left the pilot in hospital.

The Red Arrows have been grounded after a crash at RAF Valley which killed an engineer and left the pilot in hospital.

Flying of the aerobatics team will "resume as soon as possible", but only when the RAF "are confident that it is safe to do so."

Engineer Corporal Jonathan Bayliss was killed when the RAF Red Arrow Hawk he was travelling in crashed just after starting what should have been a routine flight from RAF Valley to RAF Scampton. 

Red Arrows crash site at RAF Valley

Red Arrows pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stark, 35, was able to eject himself from the aircraft before it hit the ground and is currently receiving medical treatment.

Forces News understands his injuries are not life-threatening.

In a statement the Royal Air Force said:

"The Operating Duty Holders for all Hawk T1 aircraft have currently suspended Hawk T1 flying as a precautionary measure; this is normal practice.

"This will allow the Duty Holders time to reflect on any emerging evidence that might be relevant to flight safety."

Police and Crime Scene investigators supported by other specialists are currently conducting a joint and full investigation led by the Defence Accident Investigation Branch to establish what caused the crash.