Investigation into Lancaster Bomber fire after Sheffield VE Day flyover cancellation

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A Lancaster Bomber which had been due to fly over Sheffield as part of a commemorative VE Day event has been rescheduled after the plane’s engine caught fire.

The historic aeroplane is one of only two still flying in the world, and the only one left in Britain.

Dunc Mason, of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, said: “Things have been a little frenetic since Thursday.

“There is of course lots of speculation as to what happened, but the fact is that after a problem with the number 4 engine, the Lancaster crew did a brilliant job of handling the emergency and getting the aircraft on the ground quickly and safely.

“All of the crew are safe and the aircraft is intact in the hangar where investigation as to the cause is being conducted.”

Although the plane didn’t fly over Sheffield, a VE Day event held at Sheffield Cathedral attracted thousands of people: Thousands flock to Sheffield VE Day

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