Mildenhall: Refuelling craft makes early landing after in-flight emergency

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
4:38 PM

A military aircraft had to make an emergency landing at a west Suffolk airbase yesterday after problems during refuelling.

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The refuelling aircraft, believed to have been supporting jets from various Nordic countries over Iceland, had to return to RAF Mildenhall from the mission and declare an in-flight emergency at around 3pm.

The craft that had to land is one of few in the US Air Force (USAF) fitted with a ‘probe and drogue’ system, which uses a flexible hose that trails from the tanker aircraft. This is the system favoured by the RAF, with most USAF tankers using a rigid flying boom system.

A spokesman from the base confirmed the in-flight emergency but described it as an “everyday” incident.

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