Red Arrows Portrush display hit by technical faults

  • 8 September 2012
The red arrows in action
The Red Arrows returned to Portrush this year after pulling out last year following the death of a pilot

Two members of the Red Arrows air display team have had to pull out of the Northern Ireland International Air Show at Portrush.

Seven of the Hawk-type jets were due to take part in what was to be the climax of the first day of the show on Saturday.

One aircraft developed a technical fault and was unable to take part.

As the remaining six pilots began their display, another aircraft suffered a bird strike and was forced to land.

Only two of the aircraft stayed to perform a curtailed aerial display.

The Red Arrows have suffered a number of incidents in recent years.

Last year two pilots died in separate incidents involving their Hawk jets.

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