A United States military aircraft was seen at the Freetown International Airport on Sunday, June 23, 2024.

It was not particularly clear the purpose of the aircraft in Sierra Leone. The sighting has sparked curiosity and speculation about its presence in the country.

Social media buzzed with various theories, with some suggesting that the aircraft was in Sierra Leone for a refueling stop. Others say the aircraft’s presence is unconnected to the recent political situation in the country.

However, Michael Berewa, the State House Director of Communications, clarified the situation. “The military aircraft spotted at Freetown International Airport this morning touched down briefly for a technical stop,” Berewa stated.

The aircraft has been identified as a US Boeing B-52 Globemaster III, known for its immense power and thunderous noise. The brief visit of this formidable warplane has garnered significant attention, highlighting the global reach and operational complexity of the United States military.

Debunking social media rumors about the intended purpose of the aircraft, the Ministry of Information has released a document showing a landing permit was granted to the aircraft by the Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority from 23rd June to 25th June.

In a statement, the U.S. Embassy in Freetown said: “We are aware of some misinformation about a U.S. Air Force plane that was seen landing at Lungi Airport. A plane landed for routine refueling, and promptly left Sierra Leone. Rumors of the plane landing in Sierra Leone for any other purpose are false.”

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