Two people have been picked up by helicopter after two RAF Tornado jets crashed in the Moray Firth.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the Tornado GR4s, which have a pilot and navigator, were from RAF Lossiemouth, on the Moray coast.
The RNLI said Wick, Invergordon and Buckie lifeboats were searching for two missing crew south of Wick.
The MoD said one of the aircraft had been seen in the water and the other was classed as "missing".
Aberdeen Coastguard was alerted to the incident at about 13:50.
An RAF helicopter picked up two people and flew them to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.
A search is taking place in the Moray Firth
The three lifeboats have been searching an area 25 miles (40km) south of Wick, in the Beatrice oil field, for the two crew who remain missing.
Edited by zmatt, 03 July 2012 - 12:58 PM.