Avro Lancaster Suffers In-Flight Engine Fire In UK; All Safe After Emergency Landing

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BBMF Avro Lancaster Bomber Engine Fire
Photo by Karl Melson

All crew members are safe after an Avro Lancaster bomber made an emergency landing at its home base of RAF Coningsby Thursday afternoon. The Lancaster, which belongs to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, was flying over Lincolnshire, UK when a fire broke out in the engine compartment and forced the emergency landing.

Squadron Leader Emma Watkins told reporters they are working to determine the extent of the damage. At this time, there is no estimate on the financial cost to repair or if the engine is repairable.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group, operating from RAF Coningsby. Their mission is to commemorate World War II by participating in airshows and other events.

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