RAF press release after plane spotted flying low over Sussex Brighton News

THE RAF has revealed why a military plane was seen flying over the county yesterday.

Amid growing tension with Russia, the Airbus A400 flew over Sussex after taking off from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire at 5.10pm.

The massive plane, which is over 45 meters long, then passed low over Brighton City Airport in Shoreham, and over the streets of Brighton and Hove.

Despite speculation the plane was carrying out airport touchdowns and departures, RAF bosses said crews were undergoing “routine training”.

A Royal Air Force spokesman said: ‘An RAF A400 Atlas from RAF Brize Norton was completing routine training yesterday at various locations around the UK, including Sussex and Shoreham, where training approaches have been carried out.

“The RAF regularly use a variety of civilian airports across the UK for training as they offer complex airspace and different approach challenges for our pilots to ensure we remain ready and able to deploy to global operations.”

The plane then flew over the English Channel before flying over Guernsey.

People impressed by the sight took pictures of the plane as it glided overhead, including Argus Camera Club member Amanda Glinsman.

A dog walker, who was walking near the Grand on Brighton seafront when the plane flew overhead, said: “I saw people looking up after hearing the sound of the engines, and when I spotted the plane, I knew it wasn’t just a passenger plane.

“I recognized it was a military plane and it was a stark reminder of what is happening in Ukraine right now.”

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This notice was published: 2022-03-10 13:43:03

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