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British military jet crashes in Scotland, 2 killed

British military jet crashes in Scotland, 2 killed

Two British air force personnel died Thursday when a military jet crashed into a Scottish hillside, the Defense Ministry said.
The Royal Air Force Tornado F3 fighter-bomber crashed near a ridge northwest of Loch Lomond during a training flight, the ministry said.
Rescue teams said the jet came down close to the Rest and Be Thankful hilltop lookout, a popular tourist spot named after an inscription on the bench at its summit.
The ministry said an inquiry into the incident will take place, and said the next of kin of the plane's pilot and navigator have been informed of their deaths.
Sgt. Tim Sugars, of the RAF mountain rescue team, said the jet had crashed around a third to halfway up the hill. He said firefighters were airlifted to the scene to put out a number of small blazes.
Andy Graham, 60, who lives in nearby Arrochar, said he saw two Tornados flying low in the area around lunchtime.
"We get jets flying over here on training exercises quite regularly. It's not unusual to see them and you definitely hear them, but today they seemed to be flying much lower than normal," he said.
The Tornado specializes in low-altitude bombing missions.


Updated : 2021-10-18 16:30 GMT+08:00