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US Air Force tanker declares an emergency in UK airspace

A US Air Force KC-135 air-to-air refueller has declared an emergency over UK airspace.

The aircraft was flying in the Norfolk area when the pilot squawked the emergency #7700 code. 

According to flight Boeing jet was at 11,000 feet and heading out towards the North Sea. 

The KC-135 can refuel fighter jets and other aircraft mid-air and can carry almost 91-tonnes of fuel in its tanks to top off other aircraf. 

 More to follow.  

The US Air Force KC-135 tanker declared an emergency while flying in UK airspace, file photo