Fumes force RAF jet to touch down
AN RAF jet was forced to make an emergency landing after fumes filled its cockpit.
The aircraft, one of two Hawk jets from RAF Leeming, was diverted to Newcastle Airport at around 11am yesterday.
An RAF spokesman said: “We can confirm that there was a Hawk aircraft diverted to Newcastle Airport this morning at approximately 11am with a technical issue.
“The aircraft landed safely. The technical issue did result in fumes in the cockpit.”
The pilot was taken to hospital for a check-up after the landing.
Both Hawks landed at the airport during the incident.
A spokeswoman for Newcastle Airport said: “Two RAF Hawk aircraft landed safely and there has been no disruption to the operation as a result.”