Thursday, 5 July 2012

Pictured: The RAF warplane pilot killed and his two colleagues missing presumed dead after jets crashed in mid-air collision while 'flying through thick fog'

The three Tornado jet crew lost in a crash in the Moray Firth this week were named for the first time today as Defence Secretary Philip Hammond today paid tribute to the pilots.

Mr Hammond said Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole had been killed, and Squadron Leader Samuel Bailey and Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders were still missing presumed dead.

'My thoughts - and, I am sure, those of the entire House - are with their loved ones at this difficult time, and with the fourth member of the squadron involved in the incident, who is currently in a serious but stable condition in hospital,' he told MPs.

The fatal mid-air crash off the north-east coast of Scotland between the two RAF Tornados may have been caused by fog, it was claimed earlier this week.       More

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