Plane loses wing-part during flight

AN investigation has been launched after a metal panel of an American aircraft fell off during a flight.

Dave Gooderham

AN investigation has been launched after a metal panel of an American aircraft fell off during a flight.

The small part of the KC-135 aircraft's left wing was found missing after it landed at RAF Mildenhall on Wednesday night.

A spokesman for the base said the plane - which had safely completed a routine refueling mission - had “no specific hazards associated with it” but confirmed that a section, measuring 1ft by 3ft, had gone missing.

“The aircraft was traveling in the RAF Mildenhall circuit pattern and the missing panel is most likely to be found within an area to the south of the base or aligned with the runway,” the spokesman added.

“The 100th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) would be grateful if any member of the public who finds the panel could contact the 100th ARW public affairs office on 01638 542654 or the local authorities.”