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Mod pays £83,000 in compensation after helicopter scared horse which knocked over East Devon resident

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 18, 2013



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The Ministry of Defence paid more than £83,000 in compensation after a helicopter terrified a horse in Axminster, Devon, which then knocked over a person causing them head injuries.

In what was the MoD’s biggest payout last year the orgnanisation paid £83,125 following the incident involving a Chinook helicopter.

It was revealed that MoD has paid out thousands of pounds in the last year to horse riders who have been injured when their animals were scared by low-flying military aircraft.

In total last year the MoD paid £680,000 compensation to people who suffered personal injury or damage to their property because of low-flying training by the RAF.

There were three separate payouts where riders were thrown from their animals which had been scared by the noise of the aircraft.

These settlements for £64,666, £45,000 and £36,995 were as a consequence of horses being spooked by a Chinook, a Tornado jet and a Hawk jet.

In the past the MoD has paid out when cows, chickens and horses have died in incidents where they have been terrified by the noise of the low flying aircraft.

One of the biggest settlements was for £125,000 in 2011, to the owner of a house in Somerset who successfully claimed that the property had been damaged by a low-flying Falcon aircraft.

In the past the MoD has also paid £2,200 to the owner of a parrot when the animal dropped dead from fright after being scared when a Hercules transport plane roared over his home.

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