Defence in the media: 21 March 2018

Defence in the Media: 21 March 2018

Today’s defence related news includes the tragic accident involving a Hawk jet at RAF Valley on Anglesey.

 Hawk Crash at RAF Valley

An engineer has died after a Red Arrows jet crashed at RAF Valley on Anglesey. The pilot of the Hawk aircraft, which is used by the famous aerobatic display team, survived and is receiving treatment in hospital. There was widespread coverage of the incident in print, including The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Independent, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, The Sun, Daily Star, Metro, The Scotsman & Press & Journal as well as broadcast coverage on BBC News, ITV news and Sky news.

 Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of the RAF engineer at this incredibly sad time.

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Hiller said

This tragic accident is a reminder that we must never take for granted the risks of our people take in the service of our country. My deepest thoughts are with the friends and family of those involved at this terrible time.

 A MOD Spokesperson said

It is with great sadness that the MOD must confirm the death of an engineer from the RAF Aerobatics team (The Red Arrows) in a tragic accident today. The serviceman’s family have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before further details are released. The pilot of the aircraft survived the incident and is currently receiving medical care.


Image of the day

Image of the Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP (centre), with Resolute Support Mission Commander, Gen. John W. Nicholson (left) and Deputy Resolute Support Mission Commander, Major General Richard John Cripwell CB CBE (right).