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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14602900

Shaun Spencer-Perkins, who witnessed the crash from Throop Mill, said: "I heard a rushing sound and I saw a plane about 15m above the ground racing across the fields.

"It impacted and bounced across the field, made it across the river.

"Members of the public jumped into the water to search for the cockpit.

Pilot seems to be OK according to a comment reporting a tweet

Posted by: Stuart41 on August 20, 2011 3:08 PM Pilot dragged from river by dog walkers, according to Richard Medley on Twitter

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Wow. Glad to hear pilot OK. Was it the female one?

Just saw them yesterday. Magnificent, especially the palm tree manouevre. They flew in formation over my house a couple of hours ago, on their way to the show.

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Good to hear that the pilot is OK.

Aren't they running out of planes? Are those aircraft quite old and not made any more.

Saw the Red Arrows many years ago at RAF Finningley and it was gob smacking.

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Saw them last Monday in Whitby and they were stunning. One of the few occasions I actually could feel myelf becoming proud of being British. Don't know why they don't just send these lot over to do a display before any future invasion - no-one would dare take off after watching one of their trademark routines ;)

Hope all pilots are safe

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Good to hear that the pilot is OK.

Aren't they running out of planes? Are those aircraft quite old and not made any more.

Saw the Red Arrows many years ago at RAF Finningley and it was gob smacking.

They use Hawks which are RAF jet trainers. They still use them to train pilots.

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I saw them fly over a week ago. Not even doing a display but still in formation and incredibly low through our valley. Amazing skill and concentration. It does make you proud to see them fly like that. Best in the world in my opinion.

I hope the pilot is OK. I would like a happy ending.

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Some reports say it was Red Four that came down, some tweets and one or two news sources saying the pilot ejected and is safe

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2011/08/red-arrow-crashes-during-air-festival/

Seen the Red Arrows loads of times, other countries have their display teams too but the RAs tend to out-perform the rest worldwide

Yeah they are world famous for their displays. The US have a team of F16s but they are shit compared to the red arrows. Saw them both at a mildenhall airshow a few years ago.

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Yeah they are world famous for their displays. The US have a team of F16s but they are shit compared to the red arrows. Saw them both at a mildenhall airshow a few years ago.

Mildenhall, brings back memories of my childhood! Vulcans et al!

Pic from the scene 16053780.jpg

photo credit Russell Miller who sent it to Sky Newshttp://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16053735

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Wail says pilot killed:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2028228/Red-Arrows-pilot-killed-crash-near-Bournemouth-Airport-festival-display.html' rel="external nofollow">
An RAF Red Arrows pilot was killed today when an aerobatic display plane crashed after performing at an air show in Bournemouth. It's understood that the BBC was asked to stop filming after one of the aircraft issued a Mayday call at 1.50pm and plunged into the ground by a river that runs through the village of Throop. The Red Arrows were performing at the Bournemouth Air Festival when tragedy struck. One eyewitness, Laura Goodwin, told Sky News that the accident happened just after the team had completed its display. She said: 'One plane went one way, one went the other and didn't come back.'

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I believe that they should stop these "flying displays" because one day and i hope that it never happens

A high speed jet fighter will crash into the public causing lots of deaths!

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I believe that they should stop these "flying displays" because one day and i hope that it never happens

A high speed jet fighter will crash into the public causing lots of deaths!

That's happened, in 2002 in Ukraine 78 were killed at a free air show

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2155479.stm

At airshows that I've been to at seaside towns, they usually do the most risky moves over the sea, away from crowds

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I believe that they should stop these "flying displays" because one day and i hope that it never happens

A high speed jet fighter will crash into the public causing lots of deaths!

The are very strict rules about where the plans can fly. They can't fly over the crowd or in anyway that would put the crowd in danger. You would probably be more at risk watching motor racing.

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The viewers' video sent to the BBC at 12 seconds shows what might be the same plane descending and then not ascending in the distance http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14602900

Neither Sky nor BBC reporting a fatality on their websites so far

Edited to add my thoughts with his family, just been confirmed that the pilot died, named as 33 year old Jon Egging in Red Four. More: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9207595.UPDATED__Red_Arrows_pilot_killed_after_crash_near_Bournemouth_Airport/

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Very sad and tragic. I wonder why it happened.

He put out a Mayday so presumably it was some sort of aircraft failure. We'll have to wait for the Military AAIB report for the exact cause.

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He put out a Mayday so presumably it was some sort of aircraft failure. We'll have to wait for the Military AAIB report for the exact cause.

Very tragic.

Are there any populous areas nearby which the pilot would have wanted to avoid?

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