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RAF Mildenhall refuelling aircraft temporarily disappears from radar over English Channel

Entrance to RAF Mildenhall. ENGANL00120130608144929
Entrance to RAF Mildenhall. ENGANL00120130608144929

A refuelling aircraft from RAF Mildenhall has returned home safely after it temporarily disappeared off radar this morning over the English Channel.

The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft left Amiens, in northern France, at 12.05am local time and was reported between Calais and Dover around 15 minutes later.

A spokeswoman said the aerial tanker had suffered an ‘in-flight emergency’, but safely return to Mildenhall with ‘no injuries to the crew or anyone else involed’.

It is not yet known how or why the aircraft disappeared off radar.

A USAF spokeswoman said: “A KC-135 Stratotanker with call sign QUID 72 experienced an in-flight emergency at approximately 12.20am today. It safely returned to RAF Mildenhall at 1.20am. There were no injuries.

“Safety is paramount to the success of our mission. The Air Force’s stringent safety standards help ensure the well-being of our people and the communities we interact with.”


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