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Two crew have been picked up by helicopter after two RAF Tornado jets crashed in the Moray Firth.


The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the Tornado GR4s, which
have a pilot and navigator, were from RAF Lossiemouth, on the Moray
coast. The RNLI said Wick, Invergordon and Buckie lifeboats were searching for two missing crew south of Wick.
The MoD said one of the aircraft had been seen in the water and the other was classed as "missing". Aberdeen Coastguard was alerted to the incident at about 13:50. An RAF helicopter picked up two people and flew them to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. The three lifeboats have been searching an area 25 miles (40km) south
of Wick, in the Beatrice oil field, for the two crew who remain
missing. The field has an oil and gas platform and two experimental offshore wind turbines.
An MoD spokesman said: "The RAF are aware of an incident
involving two Tornado GR4 aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth in the Moray
Firth."The incident is being investigated and more information will be provided when available."
In January 2011, an uncontrollable engine fire caused a Tornado GR4 to crash into the sea off north west Scotland. The aircraft - based at RAF Lossiemouth - suffered a problem in its right engine while on a training mission. The pilot and navigator in that incident managed to eject to safety and were treated in hospital in Inverness.


An RAF board of inquiry investigation said the crew had acted calmly and professionally. The following month, a Tornado crew was forced to eject after experiencing problems landing at RAF Lossiemouth.


The RAF confirmed the two crewmen ejected safely during the incident. The pilot and navigator were taken to hospital, but were not thought to have been seriously injured.


Developed in the 1960s and 1970s, the Tornado GR4 has seen almost 40 years of service with the RAF. The jet has undergone several upgrades. The aircraft were flown in action during operations in Libya last year. Tornado crews fly out of Lossiemouth on hundreds of training sorties every year.


Added: Jul-3-2012 Occurred On: Jul-3-2012
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