Cornwall plane crash: Two pilots eject from Royal Navy jet

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RNAS Culdrose

A Royal Navy Hawk T1 jet has crashed in a field in Cornwall.

Two pilots ejected from the aircraft from the 736 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed.

The pilots were checked by critical care paramedics at the scene, Cornwall Air Ambulance said. They were then airlifted to hospital.

Defence Minister Johnny Mercer said the crash was due to “suspected engine failure”.

He added that both pilots were “being assessed for injuries”.

“There’s nothing more to it than that,” he said.

“They’ve had a problem, they’ve ejected, they’ve been picked up.”

“We’re assessing them and we’ll have more information in due course.”

Police said they received reports of an aircraft crashing in the St Martins area of Helston and have asked people to avoid the area.

Hawk aircraft landing at RNAS Culdrose

The force tweeted: “Two men have been airlifted to #Derriford Hospital to be treated for their injuries. Details of injuries not known at this time.

“Emergency services remain at the scene carrying out enquiries.”

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