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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 July, 2004, 05:56 GMT 06:56 UK
RAF plane in Cyprus 'collision'
RAF Jaguar
The RAF Jaguar damaged its wing
An investigation has been launched after a low-flying RAF plane suffered a collision in Cyprus, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The single-seater Jaguar aircraft suffered damage to its wing tip during a flight from RAF Akrotiri, an MoD spokeswoman said.

She said the pilot, who was unhurt, had permission to undertake the flight.

The Sun claimed the plane hit a lamppost while travelling at 600mph and sparked an emergency response.

It said the pilot, from RAF Coltishall, Norfolk, was on a celebration run after completing a week's training when the collision occurred.

But the MoD spokeswoman could not confirm this version of events.

She said: "He realised that the light on his wing tip wasn't working shortly after take-off and returned."

The pilot is from 41 squadron.


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