A US Air Force KC-135R has declared an emergency over England and is returning to RAF Mildenhall at 4,500ft and dropping.

The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aerial refueling aircraft.

The Open Source Intelligence Twitter account SkyWatcher Intel is following this, if you don’t follow them then I’d suggest you go do that now.

UPDATE: The aircraft is now safely on the ground.

What is the significance of “Squawking 7700”?

Captain Hoke is a Boeing 757/767 captain for a package express airline and also runs the website AeroSavvy, he had this to say.

“Declaring an emergency means the crew determines they have an ‘urgency’ or ‘distress’ situation. “Urgency” means the crew is concerned about the safety of the flight and needs timely (but not necessarily immediate) assistance. A ‘distress’ condition means that the flight is in serious and/or imminent danger and requires immediate assistance”.

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Ian M.

Had enough time to circle and pollute the Wash. Still, I hope all ends well.