File photo - A British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4. REUTERS/Darren Staples/Files

London - Britain's Ministry of Defense says one Royal Air Force crew member has died in hospital and there is no hope of finding two others alive following the crash of two Tornado jets off the Scottish coast.

The two-seat GR4 Tornado jets were flying over the Moray Firth, off eastern Scotland, when contact with them was lost on Tuesday. Two crew members were plucked from the water and hospitalized. The search for the other two was suspended due to bad weather.

The Ministry of Defense said Wednesday that one crew member has died and another is in serious but stable condition in a hospital.

It said that given the length of time that has elapsed since the incident, “there is no expectation” of recovering the two missing crew members alive. - Sapa-AP