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Jet from UK's Red Arrows stunt team crashes during air show in England; no word on pilot
LONDON (AP) ' A plane belonging to the British military's Red Arrows aerobatics display team crashed Saturday while taking part in an air show in southern England, the military and media reports said.
The Ministry of Defense said it was aware of an incident involving the Red Arrows and was investigating. It gave no further details.
The BBC and Sky News said the Royal Air Force jet came down near Bournemouth, where an air show is being held Saturday. There was no immediate word on the pilot.
Witnesses said nine planes took off from Bournemouth Airport to perform a display, but only eight landed.
The Bournemouth Air Festival said events were continuing as scheduled.
The Red Arrows are famous for their airborne stunts, multicolored vapor trails, dramatic flypasts and trademark diamond formation.
Formed in 1965, the Arrows have flown more than 4,000 displays in 53 countries. Their red single-engine jet trainers are a familiar sight at air shows and military events.
The nine-pilot stunt team last had an accident in March 2010, when two jets crashed in training in Crete. Neither pilot was seriously injured in that incident.