North West Wales

RAF Valley jet aborts take-off on Anglesey because of birds

Crash barrier at RAF Valley Image copyright RAF Valley Station Commander
Image caption The crash barrier at RAF Valley

A RAF jet had to abort take-off on Anglesey because of a flock of birds.

The pilot had reached speeds of around 100 knots when the birds appeared in front of the plane at RAF Valley.

He aborted take-off and went through the crash barrier on the runway. He was left shaken but unhurt.

Sqn Ldr Dave Williams said the jet remained on its wheels and came to a stop close to the beach. "It's what we train for and why we have those barriers," he added.

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