Airshow crash investigated

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing after an RAF Harrier dramatically plunged into the sea in front of 10,000 spectators at Lowestoft Air Show.An aircraft recovery team has already arrived in Lowestoft.

By Amanda Cresswell

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing today into why an RAF Harrier dramatically plunged into the sea in front of 10,000 spectators at Lowestoft Air Show.

An aircraft recovery team has already arrived in Lowestoft. But the Ministry of Defence has said salvaging of the wreckage is not likely to take place until after the weekend.

No spectators were injured in yesterday's incident and the pilot was safely ejected and taken to The James Paget Hospital in Gorleston with minor injuries.

He has since been transferred to the Queen's Medical Centre at Nottingham for routine tests.

Meanwhile a 200-metre section of Lowestoft beach has been cordoned off and coastguards have set up a sea exclusion zone around the crash site – between the Claremont Pier and Pakefield corner.

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Boats and swimmers are not permitted within this zone, which is being patrolled by coastguard vessels.

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