The Red Arrows have suspended their display at today’s Bournemouth Air Festival due to an engine ‘problem’ message.
It comes after Red 6 reported ‘abnormal engine’ messages showing the plane being escorted to Bournemouth Airport just minutes after the team was posted.
The Red 1 squad member apologized to the crowd, but said safety could not be endangered.
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Today’s appearance was the Red Arrows’ first appearance at this year’s four-day Air Festival.
— Red Arrows (@rafredarrows) September 1, 2022
It is hoped that the Red Arrows will resume their scheduled displays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Red Arrows must leave at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday then at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Last weekend, the Red Arrows halted a display in Wales following a bird strike.
The demo team was scheduled to close the Rhyl Air Show on Sunday.
However, many viewers on social media reported hearing a bang or pop before one of the planes was forced to land early at Hawarden Airport, where the Red Arrows were based for the show.
Steve, the pilot @rafred_6 is a little shaken but good, thanks. His immediate actions carried out calmly and correctly with the support of his colleagues ensured a sure result. #Red arrows #team work #RhylAirShow2022 https://t.co/fMteBki3Mh
— David Montenegro (@RAFRedArrowsOC) August 28, 2022
Posting on social media after the incident, David Montenegro, Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, said: “Steve, pilot @rafred_6 is a bit shaken but hey, thank you. His immediate actions were calmly and properly with the support of his colleagues ensured a safe outcome.