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Another Loss For The Red Arrows.


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Second tragedy for Red Arrows after pilot is killed in freak jet 'ejector seat' accident at air base

 

A Red Arrows pilot was killed yesterday at the stunt team’s base, just months after one of his colleagues died in a crash.

 

Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham’s plane was still on the runway when he was ejected up to 200 feet into the air before plunging to the ground.

 

Paramedics treated the 35-year-old before he was airlifted to hospital where he died shortly afterwards.

 

Flt Lt Cunningham flew in the Iraq war on close air support missions for British and U.S. ground troops.

 

The horrific incident happened less than three months after another Red Arrows pilot, Flt Lt Jon Egging, 33, was killed when his jet crashed at an air show in Dorset.

 

Before Flt Lt Egging’s death in August, there had been no Red Arrows fatalities since 1988.

 

Royal Air Force personnel said yesterday was a ‘black day’ for the world-famous aerobatics display team.

 

Bad year for the RAF.

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