Pilot taken to hospital after jet crash

A HARRIER jet pilot has been taken to hospital after his plane crashed in farmland.

A HARRIER jet pilot has been taken to hospital after his plane crashed in farmland.

The crash happened in an area near Ashwell in Leicestershire at around 1.47pm, prompting a range of emergency services to respond to the scene.

The pilot, from nearby RAF Cottesmore, ejected before the crash. He was found alive and conscious.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “The pilot, from the Royal Navy, ejected prior to the crash and has been taken to hospital by air ambulance and next of kin have been informed.


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“It is understood that his injuries are not life-threatening and there are no reports of casualties on the ground.”

It is not yet known what caused the crash, which will now be investigated.

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