Investigation launched after Royal Navy jet crashes off the coast of Cornwall

An investigation has been launched after two pilots ejected from a Royal Navy Hawk jet over Cornwall, the Ministry of Defence said

An RAF Hawk jet
An RAF Hawk jet

A statement said: “Two pilots are being checked by medics after ejecting from a Royal Navy Hawk aircraft from 736 Naval Air Squadron during a flight from RNAS Culdrose. An investigation will begin in due course. We won’t be providing further detail at this time.”

Devon and Cornwall Police said two people at the scene in the St Martins area of Helston were treated by ambulance crews and will be taken to hospital.

The force tweeted: “Emergency services are currently in the St Martins area of Helston following reports of a plane crash. Public are asked to avoid the area whilst first responders attend the scene.

“Two people have been treated by ambulance at the scene and will now be taken to hospital. Their injuries are not currently thought to be life-threatening or changing.”

South Western Ambulance Service wrote on Twitter said: “We were called on Thursday at 9.45am to reports of a plane crash in the area of St Martin’s near Helston in Cornwall. We sent land and air crews to attend the incident.

“We treated two patients at the scene and transported them to hospital for further care. Their condition isn’t thought to be life-threatening.”