Questions arise after two emergencies at 128th Air Refueling Wing

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by John Cuoco

MILWAUKEE- A KC-135 plane from the 128th Air Refueling wing was forced to make an emergency landing at Mitchell International Airport Tuesday night.

The plane landed around 7:20 p.m.

Capt. John P. Capra with the 128th Refueling Wing said that the plane was in the air for about five minutes when a warning light came on.

He said the issue was a fuel flow fluctuation problem.

About a week and a half ago there was a similar issue with another KC 135 that made an emergency landing because of an engine issue.

These planes were built some time during the 1950's and 60s, but the 128th said that there is no reason to believe age had anything to do with this problem.

The 128th contends the maintenance and updates on the aircraft are top notch.

They added that with the work the 128th puts into the KC-135's, they still believe the plane is a reliable option now and for the future until the new KC-46A would completely replace the 135's nationwide sometime after 2028. 

 

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