Royal Navy Jet Crashes in Cornwall, Pilots Successfully Eject

The UK (MOD) Ministry of Defence reported that a Royal Navy Hawk T1 jet crashed in Cornwall while its crew managed to eject on time and suffered only minor injuries. 

The jet reportedly went down on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall just after 9:30 am local time. 

The two pilots have already been given medical attention by paramedics and have been airlifted to the Derriford hospital by the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

The T1 was part of the 736 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose.

Defence Minister Johnny Mercer said the crash was due to “suspected engine failure” but investigations were still ongoing. 

Layla Astley, a local, said the jet was making a “clunking sound” as it flew “low” over her house, and she then heard “a crack” before seeing the pilots ejected from the craft. 

“I watched as their parachutes opened. I then saw the plane bank left and over the top of a hill before hearing a very loud bang,” said Astley. 

Authorities are still at the crash site to investigate the incident and to secure it from the public. 

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