RAF Marham Tornado jets given all-clear

RAF Tornado aircraft have been cleared to resume training flights and other sorties from their Norfolk base.

Jets at Marham were grounded for all but essential operational flights two weeks ago, after a pilot with the Red Arrows was killed Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, 35, died after he was ejected from his plane while it was on the runway at RAF Scampton, Lincs, on Nobember 8.

Checks were ordered on all aircraft which use the same ejector seat - including Marham's Tornado fleet.

But today and MoD spokesman said: 'Following consideration of safety and engineering advice and the issuing of a precautionary technical instruction for the aircraft by Defence Equipment and Support, the RAF chain of command has authorised the resumption of all Tornado GR4 flying operations without restriction.

'The RAF is still reviewing other available evidence regarding Hawk T1, Hawk T2 and Tucano; therefore, as a precaution, the temporary suspension of flying for these aircraft remains in place at this time.'

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Tornado crews practice the flying skills they rely on protecting ground troops and on other operations during training flights over the Norfolk countryside.

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