A Red Arrows pilot has been killed after being ejected from his BAE Systems T1 Hawk while on the ground at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, UK.

"The Military Aviation Authority is in the process of initiating a full and independent Service Inquiry to determine the cause of this tragic incident," said the UK Ministry of Defence. "That investigation will determine the facts. It would be most inappropriate to speculate on the cause of the incident," it added.

"The pilot’s next of kin have been informed and they have asked for a period of grace before his name is released. Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."

The pilot was taken to Lincoln General hospital following the accident earlier today (8 November).

The fatality comes after Red Arrows pilot John Egging died on 20 August at the end of a display near Bournemouth airport.

Source: Flight International