This is why a giant military plane has been flying low over Leeds

A giant military plane has been spotted flying low over Leeds this morning.

Friday, 1st May 2020, 10:43 am
Updated Friday, 1st May 2020, 10:43 am

The plane is a RAF A400M Atlas aircraft from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

It has been flying over Leeds as part of routine training and it is not connected to the country's fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The aircraft will also be training in Prestwick, Scotland, this morning.

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Chris Newsome captured the giant military plane flying over Horsforth

RAF Brize Norton tweeted: "This morning, our A400M Atlas aircraft will be operating in the vicinity of Leeds and Prestwick, whilst engaged in essential training.

"These are necessary, routine, flights and not connected with RAF support to the UK's fight against coronavirus."

The aircraft, which has the call sign Ascot480, has been tracked flying over the south and west of the city, before making an approach towards Leeds Bradford Airport.

Chris Newsome spotted the low-flying plane from his garden in Horsforth, filming the aircraft on its training approach.

The RAF A400M Atlas aircraft on its training approaches (Photo: flightradar24)

Chris said: "I live right under the flight path so I'm used to seeing planes low all the time. It's just nice to see an aircraft flying over again."

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