TYPHOON FIGHTER JET FLYING TOO LOW, PEOPLE DUCK AND RUN FOR COVER

Too close for comfort: The jet appears to come in at a much shallower angle than intended, but the RAF says it was a 'completely normal approach'

Incoming! Moment Typhoon fighter jet flies so low at air display it forces onlookers to duck and run for cover

By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 12 July 2013

They’d positioned themselves to get the best possible view, but they probably didn’t expect to end up quite so involved in the action.

Plane spotters watching an RAF display found themselves ducking and running for cover when a Typhoon fighter jet skimmed just a few feet above them.

The group had set up camp in an area outside the showground under the aircraft’s landing path.

Video shows them admiring the multi-million jet as it prepares to touch down, but as it come towards them they start to realise it is a little too close for comfort.

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Close shave: This is the moment a Typhoon fighter jet flies in so close it forces onlookers to duckClose shave: This is the moment a Typhoon fighter jet flies in so close it forces onlookers to duck

 
Get down! Plane spotters watching an air show cower as a Typhoon jet flies just a few feet above themGet down! Plane spotters watching an air show cower as a Typhoon jet flies just a few feet above them

 

 
Too close for comfort: The jet appears to come in at a much shallower angle than intended, but the RAF says it was a 'completely normal approach'Too close for comfort: The jet appears to come in at a much shallower angle than intended, but the RAF says it was a ‘completely normal approach’

Some who had climbed on ladders to get a better view inside the showground cowered down as the plane whizzed past them, appearing to just clear the barrier yards away.

Others sprinted for their lives and dropped to the floor in terror.

 Footage of the incident was posted on YouTube by bobsurgranny, who said: ‘Well this came as a shock, the rate of descent was so quick.

‘Either very skilled or very lucky, you decide. I’m saying SKILL!’

The incident took place at the RAF Waddington Air Show last weekend.

The plane enthusiasts were not inside the showground, but had instead set up camp by an adjacent road under the flight path.

The RAF said there were clear warnings of the dangers posed in that area.

YouTube user tomteeejay said: ‘I was inside the airfield at the time in the park and view area. It was a lower than normal approach. 

‘Base personnel checked the fence after the incident. I’ve seen a Typhoon blow out the fence on landing after a lower than normal approach.’

 
Duck! Typhoon fighter jet so low onlookers run for cover
 

 
 
Run for it! The jet skims over the heads of people trying to watch the RAF Waddington air show, some of whom climbed up ladders to see the action over the fenceRun for it! The jet skims over the heads of people trying to watch the RAF Waddington air show, some of whom climbed up ladders to see the action over the fence

 

 
Phew! One person lies sprawled on the floor in a desperate bid to get out of the way as the jetwash fro the aircraft ruffles the boundary fencePhew! One person lies sprawled on the floor in a desperate bid to get out of the way as the jetwash fro the aircraft ruffles the boundary fence

A spokesman for the RAF told MailOnline: ‘The area concerned is directly under the flight path of the runway and has clear warnings and flashing traffic lights designed to ensure that the public stay clear.

‘The approach of the Typhoon to RAF Waddington was completely normal and within all normal parameters.

‘Individuals placing themselves under the flight path of aircraft that operate hugely powerful jet engines should not be surprised if they experience jet wash, nevertheless, the RAF apologises for any inconvenience caused.

He said there was no damage to the boundary fence or the aircraft.

More than 148,000 people visited the RAF Waddington Air Show last weekend to see displays from the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and a variety of other international teams.

The event was so popular police reported six-mile tailbacks on the A1 at one point on Saturday

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