Eastbourne offers condolences to Red Arrows pilot’s family

A MESSAGE of condolence has been sent from the people of Eastbourne to the family of the Red Arrow pilot who died this week.

The town has a long-standing relationship with the Red Arrows display team and the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham has sent shockwaves among fans of the world-famous flying display team.

The 34-year-old Iraq war veteran died from multiple injuries after he was ejected from the aircraft while it was on the ground and his parachute canopy did not fully deploy.

The accident came less than three months after another pilot with the Red Arrows aerobatics team, Flt Lt Jon Egging, 33, was killed after an air show in Dorset.

His aircraft crashed after performing a display with the Red Arrows.

The week before Flt Lt Egging had performed in front of crowds at the Airbourne spectacular in Eastbourne and met spectators.

Flt Lt Egging flew in the Red Four position and Flt Lt Sean Cunningham was Red Five.

This week Eastbourne mayor Carolyn Heaps said, “We are all very saddened to hear of another tragic loss of life from within this talented and brave group of pilots.

“I know the people of Eastbourne, who every year enjoy the thrill of the Red Arrows and hold them in the highest esteem, will join me in sending our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the pilot.”