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US Air Force emergency: Military tanker jet squawks ‘7700’ over North Sea at 5,900 ft
A US military plane issued an emergency “7700” squawk as it was flying over Norfolk before making a dramatic landing.
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A US Air Force Boeing KC-135R issued an emergency signal over the village of Briston, and has now returned to the military airfield in Norfolk.
A nearby RAF centre reportedly had all its traffic stopped to accommodate the plane’s landing but the plane was then stuck as the pilot didn’t “have nose steering”.
RAF Mildenhall was said to have fire engines lining the runway to prepare.
The massive military tanker was just under 6,000ft in the air when the signal was sent out.
Designated Quid 31, the plane is now on the ground “safe and sound” and has been towed away.
A witness to the scene has stated the plane didn’t have all the necessary green lights on its undercarriage.
@TonyRome51 tweeted: “All road traffic stopped at RAF Mildenhall with fire engines lining the runway.
“Quid 31 on the ground safe & sound, didn’t have all green lights for his undercarriage.
“Runway closed as he doesn’t have nose wheel steering so he’s stuck.”
A spokesperson from RAF Mildenhall said: “This afternoon one of our aircraft’s experienced an in-flight emergency.
“The aircrew adjusted properly by conducting an emergency landing to ensure the safety of the aircrew, aircraft, and airspace.
“The aircraft landed safely, with no injuries to the aircrew. The safety and well-being of our Service members and their families remains our top priority.”
The massive plane appears to be returning to the nearest airport
This type of plane was used extensively in the Vietnam War and the Gulf War to refuel other military jets.
During nine years of the Vietnam conflict, KC-135s made 813,000 aerial refuelings of combat aircraft.
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I assume the security services are blocking this article as nothing to see other than the heading.? Must be some truth in it then if they block it .
I’m not sure Dragonwolf. Maybe it’s copy and paste software block at express! Pictures and articles copy across then disappear. I’ve taken to writing in comments recently!