Both crew members of a Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR4 have been rescued after they were forced to eject from the strike aircraft on 26 January.

“The crew of a Tornado GR4 have been airlifted to hospital in Inverness where they are being treated for their injuries,” says the Ministry of Defence in a statement. “They ejected from their aircraft off the south coast of Stornoway and were rescued within 15min,” it adds.

The aircraft’s crew had been attempting to reach Stornoway airport on the Isle of Lewis after an onboard fire had broken out, but had to eject instead, according to a BBC news report. They are believed to have been operating from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.

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“It is too early to say what caused the incident, but a full investigation will take place,” the MoD says.