A US Air Force refueling aircraft disappeared off the radar over the English Channel last night. The plane is used to refuel jets mid-flight and can carry up to 31,000 gallons of fuel.
The Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker left Amiens in northern France overnight
The Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker left Amiens in northern France at 0.05am local time (11.05pm BST) and was last reported on a flight tracking website between Dover and Calais 15 minutes later.
It has been claimed that the aircraft experienced an in-flight emergency over the Channel, according to the Daily Express.
It is not yet known why the plane, flying under the code QID72 and based at Mildenhall in Suffolk fell off the radar at 0.20am. The US Air Force was unavailable for comment
Route: The plane departed Amiens at 0.05am local time and was last reported on flight tracking websites between Dover and Calais 15 minutes later
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