A US Air Force refuelling aircraft disappeared off the radar over the English Channel last night but has since landed safely in Britain.

The Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker left Amiens in northern France at 0.05am local time (11.05pm BST) and was last reported on a flight tracking website between Dover and Calais 15 minutes later.

It is not yet known why the plane – flying under the code QID72 and based at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk – fell off the radar at 0.20am.

Despite the confusion the jet landed safely at its base in East Anglia an hour later, the US Air Force confirmed.

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