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#39 2007-04-20 17:11 GMT-5 hours    
Hi,

Ran across this today! Hope the Pilots is ok!

BBC News

An RAF jet has crash-landed at an airfield in North Wales, police have said.

The Hawk plane came down at around 12.25pm at Mona airfield, in Valley, Anglesey.

A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said initial reports suggested the pilot had ejected safely from the plane before it crashed.

A spokesman for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said four fire engines and two emergency tenders were called to the scene.

According to the Mona Flying Club website, RAF Mona acts as the relief landing ground for RAF Valley, and is used by student and instructor pilots to practise flying airfield circuits.

RAF Valley is a Royal Air Force station on the island of Anglesey which provides advanced pilot training using the BAE Hawks.

Squadron Leader Mark Byrne, a spokesman for RAF Valley, said details of the pilot's injuries were not yet known.

He 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."





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#40 2007-04-20 23:38 GMT-5 hours    
It's a good thing the pilot got out safely and by the description of the location, there probably weren't any injuries on the ground either. Any accident you can walk away from is a good accident.

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#41 2007-04-21 08:25 GMT-5 hours    
yea,
no other injuries, heres sum more info, apartently it was a bird strike!

iC Wales
The pilot ejected and parachuted into a nearby field as the plane broke into two pieces.

The aircraft was a Hawk trainer jet - the fourth of its type to be lost in nine years on or near Anglesey.

The incident, at RAF Mona on Anglesey, brought renewed calls for low flying across Wales to be stopped.

Squadron leader Mark Byrne, based at nearby RAF Valley, said, "The pilot took the view, entirely correctly, that he should eject. He has considered that there's no additional threat to any civilian property.




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