MP's sadness over test flight tragedy

South Norfolk MP Christopher Fraser today spoke of his sadness at the loss of life of a BAe Systems navigator in the incident involving an RAF Tornado flying from Marham yesterday.

South Norfolk MP Christopher Fraser today spoke of his sadness at the loss of life of a BAe Systems navigator in the incident involving an RAF Tornado flying from Marham yesterday.

The airman was on a test flight on board the 1,500 mph bomber when it performed an inverted roll and his ejector seat left the aircraft while it was flying upside-down.

Christopher Fraser said, “My heartfelt condolences go the family, friends and colleagues of the man who died. This was a tragic accident, and I welcome the assurance from the Ministry of Defence that a Board of Inquiry has been set up to start work immediately to look into the cause.

“Knowing the people involved in the Tornado maintenance contract at RAF Marham, I have confidence that every effort will be made to ensure that such an incident does not happen again. I have been briefed by the MOD and BAe Systems, and have asked to be kept informed of developments.”

An RAF Board of Inquiry will now investigate the incident.

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