Crew eject in second RAF Tornado crash

Feb 10 2011

_50985521_tornado_getty_304.jpgAn RAF Tornado has crashed as it attempted to land at its Lossiemouth base, two weeks after another jet crashed into the sea.

The RAF has confirmed the two crewmen ejected safely during the incident which happened shortly after 1700 BST.

On 27 January two crew members from RAF Lossiemouth ejected from another Tornado before it crashed into the sea north west of Gairloch.

That crew was forced to ditch after the plane caught fire at 6,000ft.

The men involved in the latest incident have been taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. Their condition is not known.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "An incident has occurred involving an aircraft at Lossiemouth.

"The good news is that the crew ejected safely and are on route to hospital."

RAF Lossiemouth, on the Moray Firth coast, is home to three squadrons of Tornado GR4s.

The Tornado GR4 is a two-seat attack aircraft, capable of delivering a variety of weapons and reaching a maximum altitude of 50,000ft (15,240m).

In July 2009 a pilot and navigator were killed when their Tornado crashed into a hillside in Argyll.

That aircraft was a RAF Leuchars-based Tornado F3 on a routine flight.

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