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20/04/2007

RAF jet crashes at Welsh airfield

An RAF jet has crashed at an airfield in Anglesey in north Wales, police have confirmed.

The Hawk plane crashed at the Mona airfield around 12:25pm on Friday.

Initial reports suggested that the pilot ejected safely and it has now been confirmed that the pilot has been airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor by RAF helicopter. His injuries are not believed to be serious.

Four fire engines and three other emergency vehicles were called to the scene.

Police have now cordoned off the scene.

Squadron Leader Mark Byrne, a spokesperson for RAF Valley, said: "I can confirm that a Hawk aircraft has crashed at RAF Mona, which is a small satellite airfield connected to RAF Valley.

"One person was on board but we do not know the extent of the pilot's injuries at this time.

"We will not speculate about the cause of the accident as an investigation will be carried out to establish what has happened."

(KMcA/JM)




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