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Air Force plane makes emergency landing

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley (L, front) attends a ceremony, marking the 10th anniversary of the presence of the U.S. transit ce
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley (L, front) attends a ceremony, marking the 10th anniversary of the presence of the U.S. transit ce

SAWYER, Mich (WSAU-Wheeler News)  An Air Force refueling plane from Milwaukee made an emergency landing late yesterday on an airport runway in Upper Michigan.

WVUP TV in Ishpeming said the plane was conducting a touch-and-go landing drill when it had a hydraulic problem. Three people were aboard the K-C-135 plane at the time, and it was carrying 6,000 gallons of fuel.

Airport manager Duane DuRay said the crew radioed air traffic controllers about 25 minutes before they landed. The plane touched down around 5 p-m yesterday at Sawyer International Airport in the central U-P. It's the former K-I Sawyer Base which the Air Force retired in 1995 after almost 40 years of operations.

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