Vulcan makes an emergency landing

A HISTORIC aircraft had to make an emergency landing at RAF Coningsby after getting into trouble en route to a show in Dunsfold.

The Avro Vulcan XH558 experienced a hydraulic failure after taking off last Sunday.

The Ministory of Defence said this happened following the huge effort of the engineering team in fixing the leak in No.2 (Starboard) fuel tank, resulting in the aircraft returning to full serviceability last Friday.

This happened during a practice display over Rutland Water.

Martin Withers, Pilot in Command, said: “We chose RAF Coningsby as their runway is long and was directly into wind, giving us far less braking.

“It was just standard procedure given the circumstances we faced with fluctuating hydraulic pressure being indicated.”