British spy plane breaks down en route to Nigeria

The aircraft left RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on Sunday.
The aircraft left RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on Sunday. Credit: MoD

A surveillance jet sent by Britain to help search for more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls missing in Nigeria has broken down en route.

The state-of-the-art Sentinel reconnaissance aircraft was forced to stop in Senegal with an unspecified technical problem, the Ministry of Defence said.

A spokesman said they hoped to have it repaired and on its way to join the international rescue effort "sooner rather than later".

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