Offutt reconnaissance plane lands in Lincoln after engine emergency



Planes landed at Offutt Air Force Base for the first time after an 18-month runway reconstruction that cost more than $200 million.

An RC-135V Rivet Joint reconnaissance aircraft from Offutt Air Force Base landed safely at Lincoln Airport on Tuesday afternoon after declaring an emergency during a training flight.

The plane, flying with call sign SHADW01, left Offutt at 11:55 a.m. The crew spent several hours flying a “racetrack” route over southeast Wyoming, south- western South Dakota and extreme northwest Nebraska.

The pilot declared an emergency at 3:15 p.m., apparently after a warning light warned him of a possible problem with the right outboard motor.

The plane flew over Omaha and Bellevue for a while, but diverted to Lincoln Airport due to strong crosswinds in Offutt, said 55th Wing spokesman Ryan Hansen.

The jet landed at 4:21 p.m. without incident and taxied to the apron near the Air National Guard hangar. Hansen said a maintenance crew from the 55th Wing was on its way to assess the problem.

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The incident occurred less than two weeks after the 55th Wing reconnaissance fleet returned to Offutt after spending 18 months in Lincoln while the Offutt runway was rebuilt.

The aircraft involved in the emergency, tail number 64-14843, was one of the last C-135 models manufactured by Boeing in 1964.

It returned to the 55th Wing after an extended overhaul in May 2021 and has been deployed to Kadena Air Base in Japan twice this year, from January to April and June to August.

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