March 20, 2018 / 2:42 PM / 4 months ago

UK Red Arrow aerobatic team plane crashes in Wales

LONDON (Reuters) - A jet in Britain’s Red Arrows aerobatic team crashed at an airbase in Wales on Tuesday, the Royal Air Force said, but there was no immediate word on the fate of the pilot.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, known as the Red Arrows, fly over Scampton, Lincolnshire, Britain March 20, 2018 in this still image obtained from social media video. Twitter/ @LAZY_CYCLIST_ via REUTERS

The incident occurred in the early afternoon at RAF Valley in Anglesey, north Wales.

Smoke rises after a Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, known as the Red Arrows, plane crashed in Valley, Anglesey, Wales, Britain March 20, 2018 in this image obtained from social media. Policing News Website Policehour/policehour.co.uk via REUTERS

“We are aware of an incident today at RAF Valley involving a Hawk aircraft. We are investigating ..,” the RAF said in a statement. Local police said they were at the scene.

No further details of the crash were available.

The Red Arrows are famous for their aerial displays at military and royal occasions, and the RAF describes them on their website as “ambassadors for the United Kingdom at home and overseas.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas and Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison

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