The MOD can confirm that at 1150hrs today, two Hawk aircraft from the Royal Air Force Red Arrows Aerobatic Team collided whilst undertaking pre-season training at Hellenic Air Force Base Kastelli in Crete.

The aircraft were being flown by Flt Lt Mike Ling and Flt Lt Dave Montenegro.

Flt Lt Ling ejected from his aircraft sustaining a dislocated shoulder and minor injuries associated with an ejection. His aircraft was severely damaged on impact with the runway.

Flt Lt Montenegro managed to land his aircraft safely with no injuries.

An investigation into the cause of the incident will shortly be underway and the 2010 season training will continue as soon as possible.