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The Independent

Crimson Arrows commander suspended after ‘having affair with junior colleague he acquired pregnant’

The commander of the Red Arrows has been faraway from his publish whereas an alleged relationship he had with a junior workforce member is investigated.

Wing Commander David Montenegro, often known as Monty, allegedly had an affair in 2017 which is reported to have resulted within the colleague’s being pregnant.

In keeping with studies, Wing Cmdr Montenegro, whose official title is Officer Commanding the RAF Aerobatic Group (OC RAFAT), has been despatched dwelling from a Crimson Arrows tour of the Middle East.

The allegations confer with a interval when Mr Montenegro was in a earlier position within the workforce.

The service has additionally been underneath scrutiny after allegations made in opposition to the Crimson Arrows (Danny Lawson/PA)

(PA Wire)

An RAF spokesman stated: “All RAF personnel are anticipated to take care of the very best requirements of behaviour.

“The RAF is conscious of historic allegations from 2017 which have been made in opposition to the present Officer Commanding the RAF Aerobatic Group (The Crimson Arrows), which might be totally investigated.

“Pending that investigation and with out prejudice, the person has been faraway from publish. We won’t be commenting additional whereas the investigation is ongoing.”

The OC RAFAT publish – the executive head of the unit – shouldn’t be a flying position and the show workforce will proceed to fly.

In keeping with the RAF web site, Mr Montenegro joined the RAF in 1999 and after excursions as a fighter pilot on the Twister F3 and certified flying teacher on the Hawk T1, he was chosen to affix the Crimson Arrows in 2009, together with his three years within the workforce culminating within the position of synchro chief.

After excursions in assist of Operation Herrick, Afghanistan, as a particular tasks officer inside the US Marine Corps and a tour as a flight commander on the No 1 Flying Coaching College, the web site stated he was chosen to turn into Crimson 1, workforce chief of the Crimson Arrows in 2015.

The web site stated 2022 is his third yr as Officer Commanding.

The investigation comes after different allegations have been made in opposition to the Crimson Arrows this yr.

The Instances reported in August that members of the workforce have been being investigated over allegations of misogyny, bullying and sexual harassment.

The newspaper later reported that the aerobatic show workforce acquired “unacceptable behaviours and lively bystander coaching” after greater than 40 personnel, together with younger feminine recruits, gave proof to an inquiry.

Further reporting by Press Affiliation

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