Crashed Tornados located on seabed
06 July 2012
Two Tornado jets which crashed into the Moray Firth have been located on the seabed, the MoD has confirmed.
The jets were involved in a collision shortly before 2pm on the afternoon of 3 July.
Of the four air crew involved in the incident, two were recovered from the sea by Search and Rescue teams shortly afterwards, but Flight Lieutenant Hywel Poole, 28, died in hospital later that day. The second man from his aircraft remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The two crewmen from the second Tornado, Squadron Leader Samuel Bailey, 36, and Flight Lieutenant Adam Sanders, 27, are missing presumed dead.
Pictures of the wreckage have already been taken by survey ship Ocean Star, and Hunt class minesweeper HMS Cattistock is heading to the exclusion zone around the site to take further pictures before recovery is attempted next week.
Moray MP Angus Robertson told The Scotsman: "It is difficult to imagine the pain being felt by the families affected by the death of three airmen in the Moray Firth and the serious injury of a fourth. There is not a community in Moray where people do not know RAF personnel and a tragedy like this is felt very deeply.
"The three officers who have lost their lives will leave a huge gap for many people in both the military and civilian community in Moray.
"Our thoughts go out those affected and to the injured airman who has been rescued and remains in hospital at this time."
HAVE YOUR SAY
07 July 2012
The family will be cared for by the ones that knew them, and a majority of service personnel who chip in voluntary donations to charities.
Other than that the lip service by politicians and RAF will stand for nothing. To compound the pain, they will have the outcome of an inquiry plastered across tabloids.
Finally whenever the Rememberance services take place, all focus will be on the dead of wars, with terms like Hero cast about. Yet these crew members did not have the opportunity to show what they could do. The could have been Cheshires, or Gibson.. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers/mantras.
The RAF benevolent fund supports the families to an extent that puts the Government to shame. I will shamelessly put the following link in this post, and suggest a read about the fund and what it does.
Degradable - UK
10 July 2012
What would have been the situation if a Nimrod MR4A or indeed a MR2A flying out of Kinloss had been available.I'm sure the crash site could have been located more quickly and possibly lives could have been saved.
beegee - West Midlands