Thursday, January 21, 1999 Published at 17:35 GMT
Four dead after mid-air collision
Wreckage lies scattered 'like confetti'
Four people have died after an RAF jet and a light aircraft collided above the village of Everton in north Nottinghamshire.
Both men in the Cessna light aircraft were killed. One has been named as Matteo Di Carlo, a 25-year-old Italian student pilot-officer.
Wing Commander Crispin Edmonds, the acting station commander at RAF Cottesmore, said an RAF Board of Inquiry had been set up.
Crash investigators are travelling to the scene of the accident, which happened just after 11.30am.
The Tornado was on a routine training mission when it crashed and the precise reason for the accident is unclear.
"Flames shot out of back of jet"
The Cessna was circling when the Tornado bomber suddenly appeared hitting, with an eyewitness describing wreckage as falling like confetti.
Another witness saw the Tornado on fire breaking up, with one crewman ejecting before the plane crashed in a huge fireball.
Eyewitness Beryl Peck was driving with her sister Marjorie when she saw the planes collide above her.
The 70-year-old said: "I heard this plane coming over and then I heard a bang and looked up to see flames shooting out of the back of the jet.
"The plane appeared to be breaking up and I saw an airman eject and parachute to the ground. The jet then disappeared behind some woods in a fireball before there was a massive explosion."