Inquest to hear what cause crash that killed pilot Jon Egging at Bournemouth Air Festival

Inquest in Red Arrows pilot who died during air festival display

Inquest in Red Arrows pilot who died during air festival display

First published in News

The inquest is due to resume today of a Red Arrows pilot who died after performing at an air show in the south last year.

Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, 33, from Rutland, was killed when his Hawk T1 aircraft came down near Bournemouth Airport in Dorset on August 20, 2011.

The inquest was opened and adjourned later that month, and is due to resume from 10am today.

It was one of two tragedies in three months for the air display team, when Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, 35, from Coventry, was killed after being ejected from his Hawk T1 while on the ground at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

Flt Lt Egging was inspired to fly by his airline pilot father, who used to let him into the cockpit for take-off and landing.

He joined the RAF in 2000 and served with IV(AC) Squadron based at RAF Cottesmore, flying the Harrier GR9 in support of coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The Jon Egging Trust was set up in the weeks following the pilot's death, and was launched in Lincolnshire to help 13 to 21-year-olds suffering from low confidence and low self-esteem.

And a memorial was this year opened in the Dorset town as a silent reminder of Flt Lt Egging's life.

Speaking to the Press Association on the first anniversary of the tragedy, his widow Dr Emma Egging said: ''Life has changed so much in the last year. We were together for 13 years, we were our own little team.

''But we both had our own careers. Jon might not be here any more, but I feel very much that everything I have achieved since last August is something that Jon would have been proud of.

''It is fantastic to see the memorial to Jon, on the cliff top with the beautiful views of the sea in the background.

''It represents exactly what Jon stood for - you should set your goals and reach for the skies. You can achieve, you just have to try.''

The inquest is expected to last for up to two days.

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