Highlands & Islands

Jet crew acted to avoid helicopter over Grantown

RAF Tornado
Image caption The Tornado crew took action to avoid a collision

An incident involving an RAF jet and a civilian helicopter over a Highland village has been investigated by the UK Airprox Board.

During a training flight, the crew of the Tornado GR4 flew south of Lossiemouth before flying low along the Spey Valley and over Grantown on Spey.

The pilot spotted the helicopter and immediately turned the jet to pass within a mile of the other aircraft.

The board said there was no risk of collision.

Despite investigations, the helicopter pilot has never been traced.

The board's report into the event said the crew of the jet took effective and timely action to prevent a collision.

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