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

mildenhall-tanker-in-flight-em

- Credit: citizenside.com

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

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.


You may also want to watch:


Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus