Parrot owner gets £2k payout after bird killed by noise from low-flying jet

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Parrot owner gets £2k payout after bird killed by noise from low-flying jet
Parrot owner gets £2k payout after bird killed by noise from low-flying jet


A parrot owner has been awarded £2,000 in compensation after his pet was killed by a low-flying RAF jet.

The Ministry of Defence was forced to pay the large sum when the exotic bird died following a Hercules soaring over a house in Ayrshire.

According to the Daily Telegraph, other payouts made by the MoD include £300 to two therapy groups disturbed by loud jet engines and £900 for a child's trampoline which was damaged in Lancashire.

More than 200 claims were made in the last three years and the MoD has paid more than £1.4 million in compensation.

Robert Oxley, of Taxpayer Scotland, told the Daily Mail: "There is a danger that the MoD gets used to paying out compensation for these flights regardless of whether it is justified or not.

"Some payouts appear to be seriously stretching the boundaries of what is reasonable."

An MoD spokesman said an aircraft is low-flying if it is less than 2,000ft above ground or 500ft in the case of helicopters.

Damage to livestock, buildings and crops also led to payouts.

In one case, cows were so badly spooked that they burst into people's gardens putting the public at risk.

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