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Russian aircraft over Lancashire sparks 'spy plane' fears

The Ministry of Defence has moves to reassure the public after a Russian military aircraft was photographed flying over Lancashire.

The Antonov aircraft was seen in the skies near Colne at the weekend, sparking concerned calls to the MoD.

But a spokesman said the flight was "routine" and and pre-approved by defence chiefs.

"The flight in question was pretty routine. The route was first pre-approved by the MOD and RAF and then flown as per the flight plan."

– RAF Pilot Officer Leo Collins
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