Close up of Red 6 after birdstrike at Rhyl airshow 28082022 CREDIT Steve Bridge, @stevieb1968.jpg
A spectator managed to capture a close-up of Red 6 after the bird strike at the Rhyl Air Show (Picture: Steve Bridge/ @stevieb1968).
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Red Arrows display halted at Wales air show after bird strike

Close up of Red 6 after birdstrike at Rhyl airshow 28082022 CREDIT Steve Bridge, @stevieb1968.jpg
A spectator managed to capture a close-up of Red 6 after the bird strike at the Rhyl Air Show (Picture: Steve Bridge/ @stevieb1968).

A Red Arrows display was cut short on Sunday after a jet's cockpit canopy was smashed by a bird during the airshow.

The Royal Air Force display team were closing out the Rhyl Air Show in north Wales after a weekend of flypasts by Typhoon jets and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

On Twitter, the Red Arrows said they had to finish the display "a few minutes early after one of our jets suffered a bird strike, damaging the cockpit canopy".

"This type of incident is not uncommon in aviation and is extremely well-trained for."

They added: "In this instance, Red 6 and the whole team responded perfectly together, with no further risk to the pilot and aircraft. Happy to report the jet landed safely and the pilot is unhurt.

"Thank you for the many well wishes and messages!"

David Montenegro, Officer Commanding for the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, took to Twitter to confirm that Red 6 pilot Gregor Ogston was "a bit shaken but well".

He said: "Steve, the pilot... is a bit shaken but well, thank you.

"His immediate actions delivered calmly and correctly with the support of his colleagues ensured a safe outcome."

The rest of the squadron abandoned their performance before heading back down to Hawarden airport, once they were cleared for landing.