RAF Valley crash: inquest adjourned into Corporal’s death

Ministry of Defence

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a Red Arrows engineer killed in a crash at RAF Valley.

Corporate Jonathan Bayliss was killed when a Hawk T1 aircraft crashed on the runway in March. It was leaving Valley for RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire following simulation training.

But the Caernarfon hearing was told the full inquest could not proceed until a later date as the Ministry of Defence was still carrying out its own inquiry, which was unlikely to be completed within the next year.

North West Wales coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones said he had not heard anything from the MoD would pass on its finding – but warned security issues were likely to delay the inquest further.

Corporal Jonathan Bayliss (41), from Dartford, Kent, was an RAF veteran for fifteen years before joining the Red Arrows as an aircraft technician in 2016. He had been chosen to be a part of the Circus team of travelling support engineers for the 2018 season.

The pilot of the Hawk T1 aircraft, Flight Lieutenant David Stark, escaped with only non life-threatening injuries. He was released from hospital nine days after the crash.

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