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Royal Navy Jet Crashes In Cornwall

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Royal Navy Jet Crashes In Cornwall

A Royal Navy plane has crashed in Cornwall this morning (25 March).

The crash is said to have taken place about 10 miles away from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, on the Lizard.

It's been reported two crew members safely ejected.

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Devon and Cornwall Police wrote on Twitter: "Emergency services are currently in the St Martins area of Helston following reports of a plane crash.

"Public are asked to avoid the area whilst first responders attend the scene. Updates as we get them."

The Royal Navy confirmed to LADbible it was investigating the incident.

The two crew members are said to be from 736 Naval Air Squadron, which is based at Culdrose.

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As reported by Mirror Online, Royal Navy Commander Andy Ashfield-Smith said: "A Hawk T1 has crashed near Culdrose. Both pilots have ejected and are being looked after."

According to Cornwall Live, the crash involved a XX189 Hawk jet. The Hawk Mk1 twin seat fast jet aircraft are usually used for training. They provide ship attack and airborne intercept training for the Royal Navy's fleet.

A Royal Navy Hawk T1A XX157 training jet. Credit: Shutterstock
A Royal Navy Hawk T1A XX157 training jet. Credit: Shutterstock

The Royal Navy website says: "The maritime specialists use their jets to replicate the threats from enemy fighter aircraft and high-speed sea-skimming missiles."

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One local resident who saw the crash wrote on Twitter: "I saw the plane fly low over our house and then there was a crack as the two pilots ejected.

"Parachutes open.

"Plane then banked left and crashed in nearby field.

"Just hope no one was hurt."

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A map of the event, which could be found on flightradar24.com, shows the plane heading in a south-westerly direction, before doubling back as it headed towards the coast.

Credit: FlightRadar24
Credit: FlightRadar24

It appears to have flown over water for a short while before turning back and appearing to fly back in the direction it came from.

Featured Image Credit: Creative Commons

Topics: UK News

Amelia Ward
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