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Friday, 27 October, 2000, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Narrow escape as jet crashes
RAF Jaguar bomber
The Jaguar is believed to have hit a flock of birds
An investigation has been launched after an RAF jet crashed near Lockerbie, in south-west Scotland, narrowly missing a farmhouse.

Farmer John Kerr has described how the Jaguar bomber plunged into a field only 300 yards from the shed in which he was working.

The jet, from RAF Coltishall in Norfolk, crashed after the pilot ejected at about 1100BST on Friday.

He was treated at the scene but his injuries are not thought to be serious.

The aircraft is understood to have hit a flock of birds then lost power in both engines.

MoD sign
MoD officials were quickly on the scene
Lockerbie was devastated by the Pan Am Flight 103 crash in 1988 in which 270 people died.

Mr Kerr was feeding cattle in a shed when the jet crashed in a field at his 240-acre dairy farm near Shieldhill Village, Lochmaben.

He said: "I got the shock of my life when I heard the explosion and ran outside. I saw the smoke and I knew then what had happened.

"I saw the pilot coming down with the parachute and he is alright, although he was as badly shocked as I was.

'Massive bang'

"We're used to the jets coming over here but this was something different. I'm still shaking after this.

"The cows were inside at the time but the young stock were in the field where the jet came down."

Police sealed off the scene before Ministry of Defence officials arrived to begin their investigation.

Locator map
The crash happened near Lockerbie
Ambulances were also rushed to the scene and paramedics treated the pilot before he was taken to Dumfries Royal Infirmary.

Mr Kerr went on: "We get the jets coming over here quite regularly and we think nothing of it.

"I heard this one coming over and then there was this massive bang.

"I got on to my tractor to go up the field to see if I could do anything and I met people running from their cars into the field as well.

"It must just have skimmed over the farm. It landed in one field, bounced and then burst into flames in the other field.

"It was a real miracle that no one was injured."

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