B-52 makes emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall (Picture: Stewart Jack).
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B-52 Bomber In Emergency Landing At RAF Mildenhall Following Engine Fire

The aircraft was forced to land when air crew received an "engine fire warning".

B-52 makes emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall (Picture: Stewart Jack).

Firefighters rushed to the aircraft which emergency landed after an "in-flight emergency" (Picture: Stewart Jack). 

An American B-52 bomber was forced to make an emergency landing at RAF Mildenhall following an engine fire.

Officials said there were no injuries and the fire had been extinguished. 

The aircraft was forced to land when air crew declared an "in-flight emergency" after receiving an "engine fire warning".

It is believed two of the B-52's eight engines had shut down. 

Eyewitness reports and images posted on social media claimed to show the aircraft circling over the Mildenhall area before it touched down at around 19:00 UK time on 17 June.

Firefighters watering down one of the B-52's engines (Picture: Stewart Jack).
Firefighters watering down one of the B-52's engines (Picture: Stewart Jack).

Stewart Jack, who arrived just after the B-52 had landed, said: "The fire service were hosing down the engine when I got there.

"It was eventually towed off the runway a couple of hours later."

An RAF Mildenhall spokesman said: "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.

"Emergency response crews extinguished the fire, and no injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

"The B-52 will remain at RAF Mildenhall until repairs are made, and the aircraft can return safely to Minot AFB."

Officials also said the aircraft, from 5th Bomb Wing based in North Dakota, was in the region to support exercises.

A NATO exercise, known as BALTOPS, is currently underway in the Baltic Sea.

Meanwhile, the Russian Ministry of Defence released footage from what it said was B-52 aircraft travelling close to their border around the Black Sea and Baltic Sea. 

A Russian MOD spokesperson told TASS news agency that SU-27 fighter jets had responded to American B-52s, although they had not crossed Russia's border.

Reports suggest three B-52s were intercepted by the Russian jets.

It has not been confirmed whether the aircraft that landed at RAF Mildenhall was one of them.