The Service Inquiry investigating the circumstances of the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, Red 5, at RAF Scampton on Tuesday 8 November 2011 is still ongoing. However, sufficient technical and safety advice has been provided to allow the MoD to release all Hawk MkT1A aircraft, including those of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, back into service.
The Red Arrows will, weather permitting and following a short period of staff continuation training, resume display training for the 2012 display season at the earliest opportunity.
OC RAFAT, Squadron Leader Jim Turner, would like to thank everyone who has contacted the Team and Sean’s family with messages of sympathy, support and encouragement. Once again, the Service and public support has been overwhelming. With the express consent of Jim, Monika and Nicky Cunningham, he is pleased to announce that Squadron Leader Martin Higgins, currently Red 10, will take Sean’s place as Red 5 for the 2012 display season. Squadron Leader Mike Ling will re-join the Team as Red 10