AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a trainee pilot and an instructor were involved in a dramatic crash-landing at an air base in North Yorkshire.
The two-seater Tucano aircraft came down on its approach to the runway at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, which is located to the north-west of York, although both the trainee pilot and the instructor were unhurt.
It is understood that the aircraft’s landing gear failed to deploy as the plane was coming into land.
Officials from the RAF base have confirmed that an investigation has been launched into the incident, which happened at about 10.20am on Tuesday.
RAF Linton-on-Ouse was one of Yorkshire’s most important wartime bases, and squadrons there took part in 1,000 bomber raids over Germany.
For the past 56 years, the North Yorkshire air base has been used to teach fast jet pilots, firstly on Piston and Jet Provosts and now Tucano aircraft.
It now lays claim to being one of the busiest airfields in the country, with its extensive training facilities preparing fast jet pilots for their roles in both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.
The air base is home to No 1 Flying Training School (1 FTS), which is the world’s oldest military flying academy.
It was launched in 1919 when it was based at Netheravon, Wiltshire, before moving to the North Yorkshire station 38 years later.