South East Wales

Bird strike causes RAF jet alert at Cardiff Airport

Hawks at RAF Valley
Image caption The RAF Hawk is thought to have collided with a flock of birds

Emergency 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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