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    Red Arrows pilot in hospital after mid-air crash

    Red Arrows pilot in hospital after mid-air crash


    The pilot suffered a dislocated arm and minor abrasions

    A Red Arrows pilot has been taken to hospital after a mid-air crash between two display planes during a training exercise in Crete.

    Flt Lt Mike Ling ejected from the aircraft following the collision over Hellenic Air Force Base in Kastelli during a pre-season exercise.

    The second pilot Flt Lt Dave Montenegro from the RAF team, based at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, landed safely.

    The planes were practising a manoeuvre when they collided at 1150 GMT.
    The injured pilot, who ejected himself from the plane before it crash-landed on the runway of the base, has a dislocated arm and minor abrasions.

    A service inquiry will be convened to identify the cause of the crash


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    His condition is not life-threatening, the Ministry of Defence said.

    The runway was temporarily closed while the aircraft was removed.

    The RAF said an investigation into the cause of the crash would be carried out and 2010 season training will continue as soon as possible.

    A spokesman said: "We can confirm that an incident has occurred involving the Red Arrows whilst undertaking pre-season training at Hellenic Air Force Base Kastelli in Crete.

    "A service inquiry will be convened to identify the cause of the crash."

    The Red Arrows team arrived on the Greek island on Sunday for the first stage of Exercise Springhawk.

    Ten Hawks and a C130 Hercules left Lincolnshire on Saturday and travelled to Crete via France and Italy.

    The Red Arrows was formed in 1965 and its pilots have completed more than 4,000 aerobatic displays in 53 countries.





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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    A service inquiry will be convened to identify the cause of the crash
    Something like overgrown boys playing games in big toys?

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    It's ironic that the Government sponsors this nonsense with tax money and violates every rule of flying and common sense to put on a show. The American military has a similar squad. These shows are silly, useless and a waste of taxpayers money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    These shows are silly, useless and a waste of taxpayers money.
    Unless you are right there watching it! Awesome to see!

    But yes, it is a waste of money...

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    Hope he signed a S126 for the plane.

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    I was lucky enough to be at RAF Fairford on the day that the Red Sparrows came in along in formation with Condorde in a special flypast to salute the King of Jordan (I think it was his birthday). There is a photo available as a poster of the Arrows, Concorde and the QE2 in formation out it in the Solent (I believe).....





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    Stupid me. I'm watching the vid waiting to see the crash. Doh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    It's ironic that the Government sponsors this nonsense with tax money and violates every rule of flying and common sense to put on a show. The American military has a similar squad. These shows are silly, useless and a waste of taxpayers money.
    Fuck me, you're a cheerful cnut ain't ya.

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    You Brits can't even crash cool. We do it much better:



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