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Pilot praises RAF Lakenheath plane spotter for saving his life

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Posted: 23/07/21 - 09:30
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A plane spotter who alerted an airbase to a jet "malfunction" averted a potential disaster, its pilot said.

Ian Simpson called RAF Lakenheath after seeing flames and sparks come out of Maj Grant Thompson's F-15E Strike Eagle on take-off.

Photographer Mr Simpson regularly watches jets take off from the United States Air Force base in Suffolk.

The pilot said Mr Simpson's quick actions had "100%" saved his life, adding: "His initiative was awesome."

I Call True: A massive win for both parties and something that I'm sure the spotter will be dining out on with his peers for the rest of his life!

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Fair play to him, he's saved a life and the hardware as well. Plus what a great story to recount to one and all.
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A story that he'll be recounting for the rest of his days no doubt
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Lucky he was there and an amazing photo