Stornoway RNLI’s all-weather Severn Class lifeboat the ‘Tom Sanderson’ launched this morning at 9.12am to a full emergency at Stornoway Airport, along with other emergency services HM Coastguard, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service.
The volunteer crew of Stornoway RNLI were stood down soon after and returned to berth at 9.30am.
The full emergency had been called for a Hawk jet. Stornoway lifeboat is routinely alerted for airport emergencies, as the main runway at Stornoway Airport ends at the shore on the north end, and a southerly approach for aircraft is also over the sea south of Holm.
The volunteer RNLI crew had also attended a full emergency shout at Stornoway Airport on Saturday, April 16th, when another military aircraft, with three persons on board, had suffered a bird strike (plane pictured).
The ‘Tom Sanderson’ lifeboat launched at 2.20pm, but fortunately the aircraft was able to land safely and the lifeboat stood-down seven minutes from launch.