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Friday, 9 August, 2002, 06:02 GMT 07:02 UK
Crash jet recovered from sea
Harrier recovery operation
The wreckage of the Harrier is lifted from the water
Salvage experts have recovered the wreckage of a RAF Harrier jet, which crashed in front of thousands of visitors at a Suffolk air show.

The plane, which will be examined by investigators, had been left stricken in the North Sea for almost a week after crashing during the Lowestoft airshow.

Two previous attempts to rescue the Harrier were hampered by bad weather.

Thousands of people gathered at Lowestoft seafront to see the specialist RAF recovery team lift the aircraft out of the water on Thursday.

Harrier crash
Flight Lieutenant Tony Cann parachuted to safety

The Harrier, which cost 35m, was coming to the end of its display when the accident happened last Friday.

The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Anthony Cann, who is based at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire, ejected from the aircraft moments before it hit the water. He was rescued uninjured.

A spokesman for the organisers said at about 50 feet, there was apparently engine failure.

The harrier will be taken by barge to Lowestoft before being dismantled and transported to Cambridgeshire for a Ministry of Defence investigation.


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