Doubts linger over Red Arrows’ Morecambe appearance

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IT IS still unclear whether the Red Arrows will be appearing at Morecambe’s Seaside Festival next month.

The flying squad’s appearance at the festival on September 10 and 11 has been put in doubt following the death of a pilot at a recent display.

The Arrows were grounded following a plane crash that killed Flt Lt Jon Egging, 33, from Rutland, at the end of a display near Bournemouth airport on last Saturday.

The Ministry of Defence has now said the Red Arrows are clear to fly again but they still need approval to resume displays.

A statement on the Red Arrows website said: “In preparation for the resumption of public displays the Red Arrows will begin flying eight ship formation display practices starting on August 30.

“Display flying by the Red Arrows team, in an eight ship formation, will recommence subject to a successful period of consolidation and approval to display.”

When contacted, the Red Arrows could give no indication when approval might be given.