Red Arrows

Red Arrows Jet Forced To Land In Edinburgh After Bird Strike

The RAF's aerobatic display team were performing above the Scottish capital in support of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

A Red Arrows jet was forced to land in Edinburgh after a bird strike.

Both the pilot and aircraft were unharmed following the incident on Monday, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said. 

The aircraft had been taking part in a flypast over the Scottish capital to mark the closing week of this year's Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A second aircraft accompanied the Red Arrows jet involved in the bird strike as a safety precaution, before returning to the team's base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

The jet involved in the birdstrike will leave Edinburgh and return to base once weather conditions improve, the MOD said. 

Cover image: Red Arrows above Edinburgh on Monday (Picture: Mark McKenzie/BFBS).