British aircraft crashes at Crete acrobatics show with no casualty

13:58, March 24, 2010      

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Experts search around debris from a Red Arrows jet at military Kasteli airport on the island of Crete March 23, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A British aircraft which took part in an acrobatics show by the Red Arrows group of the Royal Air Force crashed around 2 p.m. local time Tuesday near the airport of Kasteli at Herakleion in Greece's Crete Island.

Both pilots survived and are in good health, according to Greek authorities, after they ejected from the airplane using the automatic system.

There was also no report of injuries among people on the ground.

The rest of the eight British aircraft in the show are now grounded on the air force base of Kasteli, as experts already started investigating the accident.

According to earlier information, the aircraft that crashed had touched slightly the wing of another aircraft, thus losing its balance and control. The second aircraft landed safely with only minor damage.


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