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British 'Red Arrows' jet crashes near air base

[LONDON] A British military jet used in the Red Arrows aerobatic display team crashed on Tuesday at a base in Wales, the Ministry of Defence said.

Officials declined to give more details, but it was understood two people were on board when it crashed at the Valley Royal Air Force base.

"We are aware of an incident today at RAF Valley involving a Hawk aircraft," a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.

"We are investigating the incident and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage." Police confirmed they attended the scene.

The Red Arrows, Hawk fast jets flown by experienced military pilots, are known around the world for their daring stunts.

They are based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, eastern England.

AFP

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