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Bird strike sparks military plane alert


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Exercise Joint Warrior is currently under way in the seas and skies around Scotland

A full scale emergency was declared at Stornoway Airport after a military aircraft struck a bird.

Lifeboat, coastguard, fire and rescue, police and ambulance service crews were all deployed, when the alarm was raised on Saturday afternoon.

The military aircraft, with three people on board, was able to land safely shortly after.

One of Europe’s largest Nato exercises, Exercise Joint Warrior, is being held in Scotland.

The training includes increased military activity at Faslane on the Clyde, RAF Lossiemouth in Moray and ranges at Cape Wrath in Sutherland.

The exercise runs until 23 April and involves submarines, surface ships and aircraft including RAF Typhoons.

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