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- One of Red Arrow jets belonging to Britain’s Royal Air Force crashed in Wales.
- An engineer who was on board died.
- He has been named as Corporal Jonathan Bayliss.
- Red Arrow jets are famous for their aerobatic displays and stunts.
- The jet that crashed on Tuesday was rehearsing and on its way back to its home base when it crashed.
A Royal Air Force (RAF) engineer has died after one of its iconic aerobatic Red Arrow jets crashed in north Wales.
The single-engine Hawk aircraft crashed over RAF Valley in Anglesey around 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Defence has named the victim as 41-year-old Corporal Jonathan Bayliss, who was an aircraft mechanic for the Red Arrows.
The pilot survived and is in hospital for non-life threatening injuries, the BBC reported. He has been named as Flight Lieutenant David Stark.
Red Arrow jets, made by British defence company BAE, are famous for their aerobatic displays and stunts, which are performed at events like the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London.
The jet that crashed on Tuesday had been rehearsing for an upcoming performance and was returning to its home base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, Sky News reported.
Bayliss and Stark were on board the jet when it crashed on Tuesday. Witnesses saw one parachute ejecting from the plane, Sky News and the Telegraph both reported.
An ambulance was called at around 1.30 p.m., a spokeswoman told Business Insider in a statement, followed by an air ambulance and police.
A photo taken near the crash site showed a plume of black smoke.
Image shows the Aftermath of Red Arrow crash at RAF Valley in Holyhead. pic.twitter.com/vre9sjk20y
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UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Wednesday:
“It is with deep sadness that I heard of the death of Corporal Jonathan Bayliss whilst flying with the Red Arrows on Anglesey.
“It’s clear from his colleagues that he was an incredibly skilled engineer and held in the highest regard as a teammate, a friend, and a shining example of what the British Armed Forces stand for.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones at this terrible time.”
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