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Circling aircraft revealed to be from NATO

This picture, sent in by Michael Kheng, shows the trails left by the circling plane.

This picture, sent in by Michael Kheng, shows the trails left by the circling plane.

A MYSTERY plane seen circling above the Lincolnshire Wolds this morning is from NATO in Belgium, the Leader can reveal.

Concerned readers from around the area contacted the newsdesk earlier today (Monday) reporting the aircraft circling for a number of hours.

A spokesperson for Humberside Airport and East Midlands Airport said it wasn’t one of their passenger planes and believed it was an RAF training exercise.

But Martin Tinworth from the Ministry of Defence, said the plane was that of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) which has its headquarters in Brussels.

He told the Leader the aircraft was a NATO Sentry E3, a surveillance plane, which was on a sortie completing a standard UK orbit.

Thanks to the clearest of clear days, people as far south as Peterborough and up to Louth and the Lincolnshire Wolds could see the concentric circles being created by the aircraft which was at 33,000 feet.

Reader Michael Kheng sent this picture of the circles being created by its flightpath.

Sorties can last up to ten hours and the E3 is providing assistance to other aircraft in the UK thanks to its 300 mile radar system.

 
 
 

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