Tornado death post mortem due today

A post mortem is to be held later today into the death of a civilian navigator who was killed after he ejected from an RAF Tornado last night.

A post mortem is to be held later today into the death of a civilian navigator who was killed after he ejected from an RAF Tornado last night.

Police are still at the scene in north Norfolk where the navigator's body was found and this afternoon said they were working closely with the RAF to investigate the circumstances leading to yesterday's tragic incident.

There is an ongoing search near North Creake for parts from the Tornado aircraft, which landed safely at RAF Marham following the incident last night.

It is based at RAF Marham and was being flown by a crew from BAE Systems, which maintains and services the RAF Tornado fleet.

The navigator has not yet been named. A police spokesman said his next of kin had been informed, police family liaison officers had been assigned to liaise with them and a Home Office port-mortem was due to take place later today.

The spokesman said a joint evidence recovery search was underway at and around the scene by officers from Norfolk and RAF Police.

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These were likely to continue throughout the day, she said.

Senior investigating officer Det Supt Julian Gregory said: “We are working closely with colleagues in the RAF to examine all the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.

“We are at the very early stages of this investigation and will not be speculating on the possible causes.” The scene will remain cordoned off to facilitate the recovery of evidence, he added.

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