Investigation to launch after Royal Navy Hawk jet crashes in Cornwall

An investigation will be launched by the Ministry of Defence after a Royal Navy Hawk jet crashed on a training session in Cornwall.

Devon and Cornwall Police was alerted to the incident at around 9.40am today following reports of a plane crashing into a field in St Martin on the Lizard.

A source confirmed that the RAF suggests a Hawk XX189 was the type of aircraft which crashed.

Police, air ambulance, firefighters and paramedics are all at the scene this morning and members of the public have been urged to avoid the area.

The MOD released a statement confirmed an investigation will begin in due course and that two of its pilots are being checked by medics after ejecting from the aircraft.

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An MOD spokesperson said: “Two pilots are being checked by medics after ejecting from a Royal Navy Hawk aircraft from 736 Naval Air Squadron during a flight from RNAS Culdrose. An investigation will begin in due course. We won’t be providing further detail at this time.”

Police have since confirmed two people are being taken to hospital, but their injuries are not currently believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

The MoD has previously confirmed that the Hawk jets based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose fly over the training areas every Tuesday and Thursday taking part in air defence exercises. It is not yet known if this was a training exercise.

A police spokesperson said: “Police were called at 9.40am today to St Martin near Helston following reports that a plane had crashed into a field.

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“Emergency services remain at the scene at this time and the public are asked to avoid the area at this time.

“Two people have been treated by ambulance at the scene and will now be taken to hospital. Their injuries are not currently thought to be life-threatening or changing.”

Sergeant Dave Pearce, from Truro, Tregony and Perranporth Neighbourhood Team, also urged people to stay away.

He said: “Serious incident in Helston. Please stay away from the area and allow emergency services time and space to do their jobs.”

Devon and Cornwall Police will provide updates in due course and you can follow our dedicated live blog on the incident, here.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is preparing a statement.

South Western Ambulance Service has also been contacted for more information.

Did you witness the plane crash? Get in touch with us at katie.timms@reachplc.com or at 07584591102.

Follow the live blog for updates, here.

Cornwall Live