RAF officials have confirmed why an aircraft was spotted flying close to homes in Nuneaton.
Some people in the town took to social media to report hearing and seeing the Puma aircraft this afternoon (December 1).
It was circling the skies and then landed on sports land at the Griff and Coton Sports Club.
CoventryLive contacted the RAF to find out what was happening.
“RAF Benson can confirm that a Puma helicopter from 33 Squadron, based at RAF Benson, did land in Nuneaton this afternoon as part of a routine training sortie,” a spokesperson said.
The sight of aircraft is not uncommon in Nuneaton and the playing fields at the Griff and Coton Sports Club are regularly used for landing practice.
“The area used is an authorised helicopter landing site for the George Eliot Hospital and the crew received permission to land there in advance,” the spokeperson added.
The RAF has used the playing fields as a landing pad for several years.
But it is normally chinook training, so the appearance of the Puma today was something a little different.
The Puma HC.Mk 2 is based at RAF Benson and is used in a variety of combat roles, including the tactical movement of troops, weapons, ammunition and stores on the battlefield, as well as the extraction of casualties and in response to medical emergencies on the frontline.
According to the RAF website, the aircraft is capable of carrying 16 passengers, 12 fully equipped troops or up to two tonnes of freight.
It can also be fitted with up to six stretchers for operations in the casualty evacuation or medical emergency response team role.
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