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Red Arrows jet wreckage removed from Bournemouth site

The wreckage of the Red Arrow
Image caption The plane plunged into a field near the River Stour

Part of the wreckage of a Red Arrows jet has been removed from the site where it crashed in Dorset.

Flt Lt Jon Egging, 33, from Rutland, died when his plane came down at the end of a display near Bournemouth airport on Saturday.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it hoped to remove all the wreckage from the site in the next 24 hours.

It will be taken to the Boscombe Down aircraft testing site at Idmiston, in Wiltshire.

The area where the plane came down, near the village of Throop, remains cordoned off and searches are continuing for debris in and around the River Stour.

On Tuesday, a service was held at St John the Baptist church in Scampton, Lincolnshire, near the Red Arrows' RAF base.

Hundreds of tributes have been left at RAF Scampton and outside Bournemouth Town Hall.

A MoD spokesman said the investigation into the crash could take weeks but an interim report was expected within days.

An inquest into Flt Lt Egging's death was opened and adjourned in Bournemouth on Monday.

A post-mortem examination showed the cause of death was multiple injuries.

Coroner Sheriff Payne said it was unlikely a full inquest would be held for up to 12 months.

All Hawk T1 aircraft were grounded after the incident which is now being investigated by the Military Aviation Authority.

The Red Arrows have used the dual control BAE Systems Hawk T1 aircraft since 1979.

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