U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry AWACS Aircraft Conducts Emergency Landing After Engine Fire

A U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft made an emergency landing at the Lincoln Airport in Nebraska on Thursday evening after one of its engines caught fire while in flight.

There were six people on board the aircraft and were evacuated safely using the slide after the plane landed shortly after 7 p.m.

According to the Air Force, the aircraft belonged to the 522nd Air Control Wing based at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Boeing E-3 Sentry, commonly known as AWACS, is an American airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Boeing. Derived from the Boeing 707, the aircraft is distinguished by the distinctive rotating radar dome (ROTODOME) above the fuselage.

E-3 provides all-weather surveillance, command, control, and communications, and is used by the U.S. Air Force, NATO, Royal Air Force, French Air Force, and Royal Saudi Air Force.

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