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RAF jet in emergency landing in Newcastle

An RAF jet has been forced into an emergency landing at Newcastle International Airport, after fumes filled the cockpit.

Two Hawk aircraft were diverted to the airport at around 11am after one of the cockpits began to fill with smoke.

The pilot was then flown to hospital by helicopter for precautionary checks.

"The RAF can confirm a Hawk aircraft from RAF Leeming diverted to Newcastle Airport this morning with a technical issue that resulted in fumes in the cockpit. The aircraft landed safely.

"The pilot of the aircraft has been transferred for precautionary medical checks."

– RAF spokesman

"Two RAF Hawk aircraft from RAF Leeming landed earlier at Newcastle Airport.

"Both aircraft landed safely and there has been no disruption to the operation as a result."

– Newcastle Airport spokesman

MP expresses disappointment over plans to close RAF Boulmer

The chairman of the Commons Transport Committee has expressed serious concerns over plans to close a helicopter search and rescue base in Northumberland.

Louise Ellman says she is surprised and disappointed about the proposed closure of RAF Boulmer.

Ms Ellman says there are understandable worries the closure may lead to slower response times and more fatalities. She wants a wider consultation on the plans.