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Tuesday, 21 December, 1999, 17:37 GMT
Tornado fuel tanks jettisoned

Tornado The tanks were released "inadvertently"


A military aircraft taking off from an RAF base in the north-east of Scotland has jettisoned two of its fuel tanks.

The tanks, containing 3,000 gallons of aviation fuel, fell into a field near RAF Lossiemouth. No-one was injured.

An RAF spokesman said the tanks appeared to have been "inadvertently released".

The Tornado jet was taking off around 1400GMT when the two auxiliary containers fell into the field.

Debris and fuel crossed an unclassified road, entering a burn and fallow field on the other side.

A stretch of the road has been closed to all traffic while recovery and decontamination procedures are carried out.

Grampian Police say this could take between three and eight hours to complete.

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