Probe into ejected navigator tragedy

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched following the death of a navigator who "exited" from an RAF Tornado fighter plane over Norfolk.

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched following the death of a navigator who "exited" from an RAF Tornado fighter plane over Norfolk.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the man left the aircraft during an "inverted roll'' on a routine test flight at about 4pm yesterday.

The man's body was found in a field near South Creake about 45 minutes later and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The aircraft involved in the incident, which is based at RAF Marham, Norfolk, landed safely, the MoD said.


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Rem Merrick, a spokesman for RAF Marham, said: "We cannot speculate on the cause. It's being investigated by the board of inquiry. No other aircraft were involved.''

Mr Merrick said it was not known if the navigator had a parachute.

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