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B-52 emergency over West Norfolk

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A B-52 Stratofortress aircraft which developed engine difficulty last night flew close to King's Lynn and over Swaffham, radar maps have revealed.

Residents of West Norfolk, Fakenham Thetford, and Bury St Edmunds were able to see 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 Mildenhall airbase.

The B-52 which was seen circling over Bury St Edmunds (12550446)
The B-52 which was seen circling over Bury St Edmunds (12550446)

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.

The US Air Force in Europe and Air Forces Africa website, said: "A B-52 Stratofortress operating in the European theater landed at RAF Mildenhall, England, today after experiencing an in-flight emergency. The B-52 is supporting several exercises while in the region."

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