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RAF 'Vision loss' pilot in guided landing in North Yorkshire

Hawk RAF jet
Image caption The Hawk jet, similar to the one pictured, was on a training flight from RAF Leeming

An RAF pilot was guided into landing his jet by a colleague in another aircraft after suffering "a partial loss of vision", it has emerged.

The pilot was flying solo during a training flight on Thursday and radioed for assistance while returning to RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.

The Hawk jet was promptly joined by another aircraft from the same squadron as a wingman to provide guidance.

They then flew in formation and landed safely.

The RAF has offered no further details on the condition of the pilot.

A spokesman said: "Flying in formation, and conducting an approach to land as a formation, is a daily skill practised by RAF fast jet pilots."

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