Pilot ejects as Red Arrows plane crashes at RAF base

A Red Arrows plane has reportedly crashed at an RAF base in Wales.

It is understood the pilot ejected from the Hawk aircraft shortly before it crashed near Llangollen, North Wales, near RAF Valley.

The hugely-popular display team are understood to be preparing for the 2018 season.

An eyewitness said they saw a parachute shortly before the plane hut the runway and burst into flames.

A statement released by the RAF on twitter said: “We are aware of an incident today at RAF Valley involving a Hawk aircraft.

“We are investigating the incident. ”

A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called shortly before 1.30pm this afternoon to reports an aircraft had crashed at RAF Valley in Holyhead.

“There is an emergency ambulance and a Wales Air Ambulance at the scene.”