RAF plane makes emergency landing at airport after ‘smoke entered the cabin’

An RAF plane has made an emergency landing at Birmingham Airport after "initial reports of smoke being reported in the cabin".

The C-17 Globemaster III left RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire but was later forced into the landing at the city airport just before noon today, Friday, February 12.

Reports suggest the aircraft "rapidly dumped fuel" and had a "rapid descent" into Birmingham Airport after "squawking 7700 over Shrewsbury".

Military pilots declared an emergency just "20-minutes after taking off" from RAF Brize Norton, it was reported.

Four emergency vehicles were scrambled to the scene after the aircraft was seen to initially head back to RAF Brize Norton – but diverted to Birmingham Airport instead.

The RAF has said the seven people were on board the C-17 Globemaster were "all fine".

An RAF spokesman told BirminghamLive: "An RAF C-17 Globemaster from RAF Brize Norton on a routine training mission suffered a technical issue requiring it to land as soon as practicable, the aircraft completed an uneventful precautionary recovery to Birmingham airport where the aircraft landed safely."

RAF engineers were sent to Birmingham Airport to assess the cause of the 'technical issue' after the aircraft made a safe landing at about 11.40am.

The RAF spokesman also thanked Birmingham Airport staff for their assistance following the emergency landing.

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It is not thought the airport's emergency services were required.

An aviation blogger tweeted: "As I always say when this kind of thing happens is the most important thing is that the crew is safe and well.

"Aircraft has now powered down and is off radar. Situation appears to have come to a close.

"Pleased that the crew is OK and the aircraft landed safely, after rapidly dumping fuel and a rapid descent into Birmingham Airport after squawking 7700 over Shrewsbury."

The aircraft is stationary in the cargo area of the city airport and no civilian air traffic is obstructed, reports added.

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