East Hayling residents have been asking questions about a mystery jet flying low over the island yesterday.

Thanks to local photographer Mike Owens ( www.mikeowensphotography.com)  the mystery had be solved –  in part at least:

“I just happened to have a decent telephoto lens with me and I can reveal its was an Oil Spill Response aircraft. You can even see the dispersal chemical spray nozzles suspended under the engines! ”

Some sleuthing by locals over on our Facebook Page that the plane is a 727 based at Lasham that will be replacing a C130 that tackles oil spills.  The 727 is currently undertaking trials before being put into service.  Those interested might want to find out more from the Oil Spill Response website.