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.

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.”