A HELICOPTER has been spotted flying over Herefordshire this afternoon (February 20).

The bright yellow aircraft is an electricity helicopter owned by the National Grid.

Flight Radar said that the helicopter took off from Shobdon and flew over Hereford and Ross-on-Wye, before continuing over the Welsh border towards Chepstow.

It took off just before 2pm today.

The National Grid owns and operates a fleet of electricity helicopters.

These helicopters are used primarily within the electricity industry for the maintenance and repair of networks and also during emergency and fault conditions.


The National Grid said that its helicopter crews do a vital job spotting potential network issues from the sky.

A spokesperson for the National Grid said: "During a five-hour fly the helicopters can cover between 60 and 100 kilometres of line.

"To put that in context, if we did that on the ground it would take a Land Rover 10 days to complete that inspection."