VIDEO: Apache helicopters take to the skies in Leeds

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Two Apache helicopters have been spotted in the skies above Leeds by eagle-eyed residents across the city.

The dramatic sightings swept social media as many wondered why the helicopters could be circling above.

Apache helicopter trains in landing at LGI's Jubilee Wing.

Apache helicopter trains in landing at LGI's Jubilee Wing.

It has now emerged they were taking part in a training exercise above Leeds General Infirmary on Thursday.

The hospital has revealed the aircrafts’ visit, from Teesside, saw each land in turn on the helicopter deck on the roof of the Jubilee Wing - a “real challenge” for pilots because of its city centre location and height.

In a post on Facebook, hospital bosses said: “It therefore makes a valuable resource in helping to train military pilots, and we are proud to assist our colleagues in the armed services.”

Members of LGI’s highly-trained facilities fire safety team - who work every day of the year to ensure safe helicopter landings, usually involving the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - were up on the roof during the landings.

The post added: “The down draught created as the Apaches landed and took off was amazing and overall the event was an awe-inspiring sight.”

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