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Bird strike causes RAF jet alert at Cardiff Airport

  • 9-28-2010

_49279114_49279113.jpgEmergency services were scrambled to Cardiff Airport to help escort an RAF jet to safety.

The RAF Hawk is thought to have got into difficulty after flying into a flock of birds.

South Wales fire service said six crews were dispatched.

The jet landed safely at around 1025 BST and was escorted to a secure area at the airport by a convoy of security vehicles.

Crews from Llantwit Major, Barry, Penarth, Cowbridge, Ely and Cardiff central attended.

A Cardiff Airport spokeswoman said the RAF Hawk landed because of a believed bird strike.

The aircraft did not sustain any damage in the incident and has since departed the airport.

A spokeswoman for RAF Valley at Anglesey confirmed the aircraft involved was from the base and was flying in the Pembrey area of Carmarthenshire when it was hit by a bird.

It said the jet had followed normal procedure in returning to the nearest airport.

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