Residents around Croydon and Bromley in South London were kept up last night after a trio of RAF Chinooks were heard circling the skies above the area for around an hour from about 10pm. Confused locals took to Twitter to ask what was happening with flight tracking apps showing the helicopters’ unusual path around the South London area.
The flight path on tracking site FlightRadar24 shows them approaching from the southeast before circling Bromley several times and flying onto Croydon at around 10.50pm. The registration numbers attached to the flight confirmed these were military Chinooks.
One resident tweeted: “For about an hour now, Chinook military helicopters have been flying over Croydon, London. Neighbours have been outside wondering what is going on.” Another replied: “Thought I was going crazy till the 3rd flew over.”
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MyLondon has reached out to the Ministry of Defence for comment on the purpose of the flights.
Elsewhere in the UK today there was a separate piece of Chinook news as roads in the Cotswolds were closed for a wide lorry transporting an RAF Chinook by road. One person who had to wait for the convoy to pass wrote on Twitter: “In London, you get stuck in traffic due to congestion. In the Cotswolds, it’s because 8 police cars and ‘police wide load escorts’ stop traffic to move a f****** Chinook. Actually insane seeing one drive past.”
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