Fumes force RAF jet to touch down

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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.”

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