Bird strike grounds Red Arrow

Viewers at Highbury Road by St Annes Old Links golf club.
Viewers at Highbury Road by St Annes Old Links golf club.
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BLACKPOOL Air Show fans took up vantage points around St Annes, on Sunday unaware of the unfolding drama.

A mayday call was made as one of the famous Red Arrows was forced to make an emergency landing.

An eyewitness said: “The landing was smooth but the pilot was looking a bit ashen-faced when he got out.”

The Red Arrows have confirmed the a collision with a bird forced the landing. Just eight Arrows took part in the display as both the reserve plane and another was out of action.

Sue Kendrick, spokesperson for Blackpool Airport , said: “Emergency services were put on standby, but thankfully all was well and the aircraft landed safely.”