US Air Force jet lands safely at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk following in-flight emergency

A KC-135 Stratotanker takes off from RAF MIldenhall (stock image). Picture: MICHAEL HALL

A KC-135 Stratotanker takes off from RAF MIldenhall (stock image). Picture: MICHAEL HALL

A US Air Force refuelling jet that declared an in-flight emergency this morning has landed safely at RAF Mildenhall.

The KC-135 Stratotanker air-to-air refuelling aircraft, which had three US Air Force crew members on board, experienced difficulties while in the air and was forced to return to the base in Mildenhall .

It has taken off from RAF Mildenhall just after 7.30am this morning.

Captain Lauren Ott, chief of public affairs for the 100th Air Refuelling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, said the aircraft had ‘declared an in-flight emergency after experiencing a minor mechanical issue while supporting local area flying’.

She added: “Declaring an in-flight emergency is standard procedure in order to ensure the safety and security of the aircrew and aircraft.

“The KC-135 returned to base without incident.

“There were three US Air Force crew members on board.”

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No further details were given about the incident.

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