Horse riders asked to wear 'bright clothing' due to low-flying helicopters

Three Chinooks from RAF Odiham will be undergoing training exercises from RAF Lossiemouth in the next two weeks.

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Horse riders have been asked to wear bright clothing when riding off premises so they can be seen by low-flying RAF helicopter crews in Moray and the Highlands.

It comes as three Chinooks from RAF Odiham, in Hampshire, will operate from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray during two exercises taking place over the next two weeks.

The helicopters, which have transported front-line troops on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, are from the 27 Squadron.

The helicopters would be flown on day and night-time missions – at times as low as 30m (100ft) – the same height as the Kelpies in Falkirk .

Equus Riding Centre, in Moray, said bright safety clothing should should be worn by equestrians at all times – regardless of military activity.

A spokesperson said: “Our riders always wear hi-vis as a matter of course when riding off the premises.

“In my experience the RAF has tried to show as much consideration as possible.

“Low flying is a hazard to riders but the forewarning is most welcome.”

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