Highlands & Islands

Sea search continues for crashed Tornado wreckage

Lifeboat crew recovering wreckage
Image caption Stornoway lifeboat crew recovering pieces of the wreckage

A search is continuing in the sea off the west coast of Scotland for a jet which crashed last month, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

The two crew from RAF Lossiemouth ejected from the Tornado GR4 before it went into the Minch on 27 January.

The MoD said the search for the wreckage was still under way and an inquiry into the cause of the incident was active.

The jet came down near Gairloch on the Scottish mainland.

A Royal Navy minehunter, HMS Blyth, has been involved in the search.

Following the crash, Stornoway lifeboat crew recovered some pieces of wreckage floating on the sea's surface.

The jet's pilot and navigator were treated at Raigmore hospital in Inverness before they were later released.

Meanwhile, investigations are continuing into the cause of a second Tornado crash at RAF Lossiemouth on Thursday evening.

The pilot and navigator were taken to hospital but are thought to have escaped serious injury.

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