Red Arrows unlikely to appear in Morecambe

Picture Martin Bostock'The Red Arrows wow the crowds over the beach at the Blackpool airshow.
Picture Martin Bostock'The Red Arrows wow the crowds over the beach at the Blackpool airshow.

THE Red Arrows are unlikely to make an appearance at Morecambe’s Seaside Festival following the shock death of a pilot during an aerial display.

Investigations are continuing into why the Hawk jet of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging (right) crashed during a display near Bournemouth airport on Saturday.

Officials say the inquiry could take weeks, which could rule out the Red Arrows from appearing in Morecambe on September 11.

The Red Arrows display usually draws tens of thousands of people to the resort’s heritage event.

Tributes have been paid to Flt Lt Egging from Rutland who appeared to have steered the jet away from houses before it crashed into a river.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said the Military Aviation Authority investigation could take weeks but an interim report was expected within days.

While this is under way all flights by the Hawk T1 - a fleet of 170 aircraft including trainers - have been suspended.

See The Visitor (24-08-11) for full story.