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RED ARROW CRASH
Red Arrow
Red Arrow crash

A Red Arrow plane has crashed at Jersey Airport.

The Ministry of Defence is investigating how one of the RAF Red Arrows managed to overshoot the runway at Jersey Airport.

Junior Engineering Officer Tim Beagle
Junior Engineering Officer Tim Beagle with the broken part from the plane

The distinctive Hawk Jet had problems when it was trying to land just after lunchtime yesterday.

But neither the pilot, Flight Leftenant Jez Griggs nor his engineer Corporal Harry Harrison were injured.

An RAF spokesman has said a minor engineering fault could be to blame, but Wing Commander Bill Ramsey has explained that until a full review has been carried out they won't really know what happenned.

Alan LangloisALAN LANGLOIS
eye witness
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Over the top of the bank straight down and they had just put a heap of ground there last night and this morning and he must have made striaght for it.
"

Alan Langlois was working nearby. He has said that the gravel bank that stopped the plane from hitting a nearby farmhouse had only been put there the day before.

The RAF says the Lincolnshire-based Red Arrows will fly in Thursdays Battle of Britain Air display over Jersey and Guernsey as planned.

In addition to the nine display pilots, another pilot known as ‘Red 10’, the Team's Road Manager, flies another Hawk aircraft.

This is sometimes called to act as a spare aircraft in the case of an engineering problem while the Team is away from base such as the crash at Jersey airport.

About the arrows

Red Arrows lining up
Four of the Red Arrows lining up

The Red Arrows are seen as the public face of the Royal Air Force and are regarded as one of the best aerobatic teams in the world.

Red Arrow
Red Arrow

They are used to demonstrate the ability of the RAF and aid in recruitment. Over their history the Red Arrows have helped to bring a significant number of people into the RAF, both officers and airmen.

The team helps to promote British industry and defence diplomacy throughout the world. Most of the components of the Hawk (the plane used by the Red Arrows) are British Made.

The Hawk

The Hawk has been with the Royal Air Force since 1976 and has established itself as an unrivalled reputation as a fast jet trainer.

Red Arrow
Red Arrow

Hawk operates in extreme environments that range from Finland in the Arctic Circle to Saudi Arabia in the arid Middle East and Malaysia in the Tropics.

The Hawk is seen as the world's most successful fast jet trainer.

The Pilots

All Red Arrows pilots are volunteers. To be eligible to apply for the Team, pilots must have completed at least one operational tour on a front line fast jet such as the Tornado, Harrier and Jaguar, and have a minimum of 1,500 flying hours.

Red Arrow
Red Arrow

Pilots must also have been assessed in their annual reports as being above average in their operational role. Each pilot will stay with the team for three years.

If one of the nine pilots goes sick during display season the rest of the pilots will fly an eight plane formation as there are no reserve pilots for safety reasons.

The pilots always fly in the same position within the formation and it takes an intensive six-month training programme for each pilot to become thoroughly proficient at flying in his position.

The pilots and their Hawks are:

Red One
Sqn Ldr Spike Jepson

Red Two
Flt Lt Jez Griggs

Red Three
Flt Lt Dunc Mason

Red Four
Flt Lt Dan Simmons

Red Five
Sqn Ldr John Green

Red Six
Sqn Ldr Myles Garland

Red Seven
Flt Lt David Thomas

Red Eight
Flt Lt Antony Parkinson

Red Nine
Sqn Ldr Christian Gleave

Red Ten
Flt Lt Steve Underwood




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Last updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2003
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FAST FACTS:
The first display for the public was in France, at the French National Air Day at Clermont Ferrand on 9 May 65.

Since mid-1966 there have been nine Red Arrows display pilots each year, including the Team Leader.

Each display pilot stays with the Team for a three-year tour of duty.


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