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Thursday, September 3, 1998 Published at 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK


Jaguar pilot survives crash

Jaguar crashed while on a training flight

The BBC's Mark Laity: "It looks as if the pilot is alright"
An RAF pilot has survived after his Jaguar fighter-bomber crashed in the sea off the Norfolk coast.

The aircraft was on a routine training mission with two other Jaguars when it plunged into the North Sea 13 miles north of Cromer.

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The pilot managed to eject safely from the aircraft and inflate his emergency lifeboat before being picked up by a rescue helicopter.

An RAF spokesman said: "It seems to have been a textbook rescue. From the time of ejection to the time he went to hospital was almost exactly an hour.

"Given the kind of immersion suits and survival kit that they have, and the North Sea at this time of year is reasonably benign, there were no great problems."

The pilot, based at RAF Coltishall, Norfolk, was taken to hospital in Norwich. He was conscious and had no apparent injuries.

The RAF said it will set up an inquiry to investigate the incident.

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