Wis. Air National Guard Plane Makes Emergency Landing At Grissom AFB

By Eric Dutkiewicz

Credit: File/Wisconsin Air National Guard 128th Air Refueling Wing



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June 18, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM EDT

PERU, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - A training flight from the Wisconsin Air National Guard was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon at Grissom Air Force Base.

Around 4:30 p.m. EDT (3:30 p.m. CDT), a KC-135 from the 128th Air Refueling Wing, based out of Milwaukee, was returning to base during a training flight when it experienced a problem with the hydraulic system over Green Bay, SSgt. Jeremy Wilson of the 128ARW says.

General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee would be the likely place to divert, Wilson says; but concerns over the length of runway left officials with with an alternate plan.

Ultimately, the decision was made to land at Grissom AFB because of its longer runways, which would allow for a safer landing, Wilson says.

Around 6:30 p.m. EDT (5:30 p.m. CDT), the 128ARW plane landed safely at Grissom. None of the the three-member crew was injured.

The cause of the hydraulics problem was not known, according to Wilson. Wisconsin Air National Guard maintenance crews will examine the plane further in the coming days.

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