Mystery of low-flying Chinook

MYSTERY today surrounds a powerful helicopter which gave residents in Trimley St Mary a fright.The aircraft - identified by householders as a Chinook - took a low-flying hop over homes, shaking properties.

MYSTERY today surrounds a powerful helicopter which gave residents in Trimley St Mary a fright.

The aircraft - identified by householders as a Chinook - took a low-flying hop over homes, shaking properties.

One resident said: “It made an horrendous noise and was only just above the house.

“The whole building was shaking.”

But where the helicopter had come from on Thursday was a mystery.

Army spokesman Robert Mead said no flying took place from the Woodbridge base and Chinooks were not based at Wattisham search and rescue unit.

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The Ministry of Defence said there were no low flying exercises taking place in the area.

Suffolk is used for 2,742 hours of low flying a year by the military - mainly over rural areas.

Military fixed wing aircraft are judged to be low flying when they are less than 2,000 feet from the ground, and light propeller driven aircraft and helicopters are judged to be low flying below 500 feet.

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