RAF LAKENHEATH, England — An unknown number of fighter jets had to be diverted from the home of the 48th Fighter Wing to the nearby 100th Air Refueling Wing after an F-15E blew a tire on the runway Monday morning.
The incident occurred about 11:40 a.m. and led to an emergency shutdown of the runway at RAF Lakenheath, according to base spokesman Airman 1st Class Michael Hess. It’s unclear if the tire blew during takeoff or landing.
Missions appeared uninterrupted as planes continued to soar above East Anglia throughout Monday afternoon, and some landed at RAF Mildenhall.
At one point, at least seven F-15E fighter jets were waylaid on the 100th’s runway. The Lakenheath runway was cleared within two hours and reopened shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, Hess said.
No one was injured in the incident.