Inquest into Red Arrows crash begins tomorrow
7:00am Wednesday 12th December 2012
THE circumstances surrounding the crash that killed a Red Arrows pilot near Bournemouth Airport are set to be revealed.
A two-day inquest into the death of Flt Lt Jon Egging, inset, who died when his Hawk jet came down near Throop following a display with the famous aerobatic team at the Bournemouth Air Festival in 2011, is due to begin in Bournemouth on Thursday.
District Coroner Sheriff Payne will hear evidence and reach a conclusion about his death.
It is set to be the first time that the public hears what happened to Flt Lt Egging’s jet on Saturday, August 20, 2011, and it is expected that Jon’s mum, Dawn and widow, Emma, will be in attendance.
An investigation has been carried out by the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) and the results passed to the coroner ahead of the inquest.
The MAA is an independent part of the Ministry of Defence and the inquiry panel included an RAF Wing Commander, an aviation engineer and an experienced Hawk pilot.
The inquest will also hear the results of a post mortem examination and background information about Flt Lt Egging and his career.
Bournemouth Red Arrows Association president Terry Trevett said: “Everyone will be looking forward to the closure of this unhappy event and Bournemouth Red Arrows Associ-ation will be doing all it can to keep the memory of Jon alive.”
The tragedy sent shockwaves through the town and hundreds of floral tributes were left at the town hall following the incident.
Since then a permanent memorial has been put up in memory of the 33-year-old on Bournemouth’s East Cliff and the Jon Egging Trust has been established in his memory.
Just three months after the death of Flt Lt Egging the Red Arrows were hit by another tragedy when his colleague Sean Cunningham died at RAF Scampton.
The 35-year-old’s death is believed to have been caused by an ejector seat accident.