The Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint was flying near Newark-on-Trent when it issued a 7700 emergency, according to maps from FlightRadar24. The alert means the crew determined they have an “urgent” or “distressing” situation.
As the aircraft continued to fly the Lincolnshire area, it was joined by a Eurofighter EF-2000 Typhoon F.2
It is currently unknown as to why the distress call was issued.
According to the flight-tracking website, the aircraft looks to have landed near Waddington, possibly in RAF Waddington.
The role of a Rivet Joint aircraft is to carry out electronic surveillance and can be employed in strategic and tactical missions.
According to the RAF website, its “sensors ‘soak up’ electronic emissions from communications, radar and other systems”.
The RAF continued: “RC-135W Rivet Joint employs multidiscipline Weapons System Officer (WSO) and Weapons System Operator (WSOp) specialists whose mission is to survey elements of the electromagnetic spectrum in order to derive intelligence for commanders.”
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