Stratotanker from RAF Mildenhall suffers emergency over English Channel

Six KC-135 Stratotankers of the 100th Air Refuelling Wing move on the taxiway at RAF Mildenhall.'(Photo USAF  Staff Sergeant Jeanette Copeland) ANL-150801-115855001
Six KC-135 Stratotankers of the 100th Air Refuelling Wing move on the taxiway at RAF Mildenhall.'(Photo USAF Staff Sergeant Jeanette Copeland) ANL-150801-115855001

A refuelling aircraft from RAF Mildenhall has landed safely back at the base after an in flight emergency over the English Channel.

The KC-135 Stratotanker with call sign QUID 72 experienced what is described by the base as ‘an in-flight emergency’ at around 12:20 a.m. today.

The aircraft which was returning from Amiens in France landed safely returned at RAF Mildenhall an hour later. There were no injuries.

A spokesman for the base said: “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.”

The American military is pulling out of RAF Mildenhall and the future of the base is currently under discussion.