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Bomber makes emergency landing in Mildenhall




A B-52 Stratofortress aircraft had to perform an emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall last night after experiencing engine difficulty.

Residents of Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Chedburgh, Thurston and the surrounding areas spotted seeing the Boeing bomber, which was flying quite low with its landing gear down, at around 6pm, circling the area to burn off fuel before landing at the base.

The B-52 which was seen circling over Bury St EdmundsPicture by Robert Robertson
The B-52 which was seen circling over Bury St EdmundsPicture by Robert Robertson

Pictures on social media seemed to show two of the B-52's eight engines with flames inside it, but it is believed they had just overheated.

Once the bomber landed, its drag parachute was deployed and its engines were shut down.

The crew evacuated and emergency services dealt with the issue and it remained on the runway after all was clear.

Air Force Global Strike Command, said: "The B-52 Stratofortress was from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. The in-flight emergency was declared as a result of an engine fire warning. The aircrew took proper precautions to address the emergency, and landed safely at RAF Mildenhall, England. Emergency response crews extinguished the fire, and no injuries were reported as a result of the incident."



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