Red Arrows pilot who died after “ground incident” named as Sean Cunningham

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A RED Arrows pilot who died on Tuesday after being ejected from his aircraft on the ground has been named.

Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, 34, died when he was ejected from the Hawk T1 aircraft, while the display team was training at its base at RAF Scampton, near Lincoln.

Flt Lt Cunningham, who was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, moved to the UK in 1986 at the age of nine.

He went to school in Coventry and then studied at Nottingham Trent University before joining the RAF in 2000, where he completed several operational tours in Iraq. He was based at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Leeming before joining the Red Arrows in 2010.

The incident comes less than three months after Red Arrows pilot Flt Lt Jon Egging, 33, of Morcott, died when his Hawk aircraft crashed in Bournemouth following a display at an airshow on August 20.

An investigation has been launched into Flt Lt Cunningham’s death and an investigation into Flt Lt Egging’s death is ongoing.