Red Arrows to fly again after crash
Friday 26 August 2011
The Red Arrows plan to perform displays in formations of eight aircraft rather than their usual diamond of nine after the death of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging in a crash at Bournemouth Air Show on Saturday.
The RAF halted flying of all 126 of its Hawk T1 training jets while preliminary investigations were carried out, but it was confirmed yesterday that there are no wider safety concerns about the aircraft. The team's jets will return to their base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire today, before beginning to practise flying in "eight ship formation" on Tuesday with the aim of resuming shows.
Defence sources earlier suggested it was unlikely they would do any more displays this year, but an RAF spokesman stressed that no decision had yet been made.
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