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Gairloch Tornado jet crash remains to be salvaged

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

Work has begun to salvage the remains of an RAF Tornado jet which crashed into the sea off Gairloch nearly three weeks ago.

The aircraft - based at RAF Lossiemouth - suffered an engine problem while on a training mission.

The pilot and navigator managed to eject to safety and were treated in hospital in Inverness.

The MoD has located the jet's fuselage and has brought in a specialist ship to carry out the recovery operation.

A Royal Navy minehunter had searched for wreckage on the seabed.

Meanwhile, investigations are continuing into the cause of another incident involving a Tornado last Thursday.

The crew had to eject as it attempted to land at its Lossiemouth base but it is thought they escaped serious injury.

RAF Lossiemouth, on the Moray Firth coast, is home to three squadrons of Tornado GR4s.

It is a two-seat attack aircraft, capable of delivering a variety of weapons and reaching a maximum altitude of 50,000ft (15,240m).

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