​2 Hawk Jets Collide: Jets Crash In Midair​​

November 13, 2021

2 Hawk jets have collided in midair during a training flight, but one of the pilots ejected before the crash, according to the Finnish defense force. Officials have been in contact with one of the pilots but gave no details in a brief statement on its website.

2 Hawk Jets Collide

The statement said the Hawk accident occurred in a sparsely populated area of western Finland at 12:13 p.m. Wednesday (1013 GMT) and that two parachutes were observed in the sky.

The air force says that since 1958 ejector seats have been used 27 times during accidents and that one pilot was killed in a collision with another jet in 2001.

Some sources say that one of the pilots was injured after ejected from one of the jets while the other made an emergency landing in Crete and was unhurt.

“The pilot who ejected has broken his legs. He is being transferred to an Athens hospital,” said the official.

He said the display team had been trying out new formations but had no further details.

With their trademark red, white and blue vapour trails, the Red Arrows are a familiar sight at British ceremonial occasions and international air displays. They are expected to appear at the London 2012 Olympics.