KC-46 forced to land with refueling boom out, stranding Hill staffers

During an introductory flight this week, a KC-46A Pegasus tanker jet gave a group of congressional staffers an impromptu lesson in airborne emergencies.

Two of the Air Force's new tankers took off Tuesday with a group of 16 congressional staffers from New Hampshire.

The visitors were on board to get a firsthand look at the KC-46s from the 157th Air Refueling Wing of the New Hampshire Air National Guard.

The KC-46 was first delivered to the Air Guard at Pease Air National Guard Base in southeastern New Hampshire.

"The 305th Air Mobility Wing's emergency services responded and safely secured the scene, with no fire or injuries to crew or passengers."

As a result of the chain reaction, the pair's other KC-46 was diverted to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire.

Airmen requested that another Pease jet, which was returning from Florida, pick up the temporarily stranded staffers in New Jersey and transport them to New Hampshire.

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