Village service for Red Arrow pilot
A Red Arrows pilot killed in an air show will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in his home village, his local church said.
Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, 33, from Rutland, died when his plane came down near Bournemouth Airport in Dorset last Saturday after completing a display over the town's seafront.
His funeral will be held at St Mary the Virgin church in the village of Morcott, where his widow, Dr Emma Egging, lives, the church warden said.
A note posted through villagers' letterboxes informed them of the plan, although arrangements including the date of the ceremony are still to be finalised, she added.
The warden, who did not want to be named, said: "I think Emma wanted the villagers to be aware and to take the opportunity to thank them for their support."
Dr Egging watched her husband perform with the Red Arrows just minutes before he crashed to his death.
Eyewitnesses described seeing the aircraft flying low before smashing into a field and coming to a standstill with its nose in the River Stour near the village of Throop.
A full service inquiry into the crash is expected to last months. Meanwhile, the Red Arrows - renowned for their precision routines where nine aircraft fly in a perfect diamond - plan to perform displays with eight.
The aerobatics team will begin practising flying in "eight ship formation" displays on Tuesday with the aim of resuming air show performances, the RAF said this week.
The team regularly practises routines with eight aircraft so that air show performances can go ahead if one pilot is unable to fly, for example due to illness.