USAF KC-135 Stratotanker Aircraft Suffered Runway Excursion In Finland

USAF KC-135 Stratotanker Aircraft Suffered Runway Excursion In Finland
The U.S. Air Force’s KC-135 Stratotanker air tanker, which participated in the Arctic Challenge Exercise 21 – Credits: Ilmavoimat

U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, air refueling plane suffered a runway excursion after landing at Rovaniemi Airport, Finland. No one was injured.

According to Lentoposti news, the aircraft stopped 150m past the end of the runway and out of the paved area. The undercarriage was damaged.

A U.S. Air Force air refueling aircraft that participated in the Arctic Challenge Exercise 21 drifted out of the runway after landing at the north end of the runway.

At around 4.45 pm, the Rescue Department received an alert for a medium-sized plane crash at Rovaniemi Airport. According to Lentoposti.fi , the US Air Force’s KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling aircraft (62-3543) derailed out of runway 03 after landing.

As a result, the runway had to be closed. All other planes in the air landed safely.

The Accident Investigation Board is investigating the causes of the accident.

During the ACE 21 exercise, the Rovaniemi base relies on e.g. ten German Air Force Eurofighters and two U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling aircraft.

 The Arctic Challenge Exercise 21 (ACE 21), organized by the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian Air Forces, started last week.

The ACE 21 exercise will continue in the airspace of all three countries until Friday. This is the Fifth ACE exercise organized by Finland, Sweden and Norway.

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