Saturday, August 20, 2011

A British fighter jet crashed in a display

A fighter of the Royal Air Force crashed during a show at the English seaside resort of Bournemouth, a police spokesman said today, noting that the pilot died.

The authorities confirmed that the pilot Jon Egging died at the scene of the accident, in an area close to Bournemouth Airport, while investigators try to unravel the causes of the accident.

Bournemouth is one of the favorite beaches on the south coast of England. Many tourists spend their summer vacations there. Witnesses said the plane crashed on land near the river Stour, about 1.5 miles from Bournemouth Airport.


The BBC broadcast on its website an amateur video which sees the nine aircraft are separated from the squad after the show. One of them lost on the horizon height and crashes into the ground. Police said the aircraft, the Hawk type, and were flying back.

The squadron was founded in 1965 and has already performed aerobatics in 53 countries worldwide. Pilots with experience in fighter jets and in places like Afghanistan and Iraq crisis.

A witness said the plane hit the ground several times and finally got stuck with his trunk on the banks of a river. "People who were at the scene jumped into the water for the cockpit," he said.

Bournemouth International Airport was closed temporarily, but soon operated normally. Both the Ministry of Defense and the police conduct investigations.

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