Queen guitarist Brian May has paid tribute to the British stunt pilot who was killed during a daredevil performance on Saturday (20Aug11), hailing his bravery for diverting his stricken plane away from houses below.
Jon Egging was part of the famed Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team - known as the Red Arrows - but lost his life after his aircraft plunged to the ground during a show in Bournemouth, England. His body was later found in a nearby river.
And the iconic guitarist, who spent a day with the Red Arrows earlier this year (Jun11) ahead of a charity performance, was quick to acknowledge Egging's bravery.
May says, "It's plain that Jon sacrificed his life to save civilians below, as he piloted his stricken hawk jet away from housing, finally ejecting when it was too late to save his own life...
"These men and women are the hardest of nails. But their wickedly humorous team spirit was a joy to be around. This is a heart-breaking time for the team. We salute you Jon. God speed."
A full investigation into the tragedy is underway.