Navy training jet crashes as Hawk T1 aircraft has horror accident in Cornwall

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A Royal Navy Hawk jet crashed in Cornwall on Thursday morning after the engines reportedly failed.

The plane crash-landed in a field in St Martin, Helston at about 9:30am.

The two pilots onboard were able to eject in time and are now being examined by medics in hospital, having sustained injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

There will be a full investigation into the crash.

The Ministry of Defence 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."

Devon and Cornwall Police said in a statement: "Police were called at 9:40am today to St Martin in Helston following reports that a plane had crashed into a field.

"Emergency services are currently in the St Martins area of Helston following reports of a plane crash. Public are asked to avoid the area whilst first responders attend the scene.

"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."

A source told Cornwall Live the crashed aircraft was an RAF XX189 Hawk jet.

The RAF and the Ministry of Defence have both been contacted for comment.

Cornwall Air Ambulance says it is responding to reports of an "aircraft engine failure", with two people on board reportedly suffering "minor injuries".

RNAS Culdrose in Helston is one of the UK's largest helicopter bases with more than 3,000 personnel.

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