Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Tribute to tragic Red Arrows pilot

The scene near Bournemouth Airport in Dorset minutes after Red Arrows pilot Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging crashed his plane
The scene near Bournemouth Airport in Dorset minutes after Red Arrows pilot Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging crashed his plane
Lieutenant Jon Egging, a Red Arrows pilot who died when his plane crashed following an air show near Bournemouth Airport
A Red Arrows pilot has died when his plane crashed following an air show
Police cordon off a road leading to fields near the village of Throop, Bournemouth, where a Red Arrow plane crashed

A town has paid tribute to a Red Arrows pilot killed after his plane crashed following a display.

Bournemouth Air Festival broadcast a silent one-minute montage video of the aerobatic team as a mark of respect for Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, from Rutland, who plunged to the ground near the town's airport on Saturday.

His Hawk T1 aircraft crashed at 1.50pm, partly ending up in the River Stour. Dorset Police said the 33-year-old was thrown from the plane and pronounced dead at the scene.

A third book of condolence has been opened at the town hall for public tributes due to high demand.

Bournemouth Council said in two hours this morning over 250 people signed the first two books. A fourth has been made available for pilots participating in the air show.

Councillor Chris Rochester, Mayor of Bournemouth, told of his "immense sympathy" for the pilot's family.

He said in a statement: "In particular I send my heartfelt condolences to his wife Emma, following this dreadful accident. Every account I have heard of Flt Lt Egging, describes him as a man of extreme bravery, integrity and honour, held in the highest regard by all those who knew him."

Tributes from the public were laid at various sites near the crash scene and at the Red Arrows' base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

An MoD spokesman said: "A full service inquiry into the details of the crash has been initiated. It would be inappropriate to speculate on the causes of the incident at this time."

The condolence books will be available for signing at Bournemouth Town Hall every day this week from 8.30am until 5.15pm. They will then be given to Flt Lt Egging's family, and collected donations will be given to the family's chosen charity.

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