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F-18 US military jet crash lands in Bahrain

A US F-18 fighter jet suffering an engine problem crash landed Saturday at Bahrain International Airport and its pilot ejected from the aircraft after it ran off the runway, authorities said. 

The pilot escaped unharmed.

The crash disrupted flights to and from the island nation off the coast of Saudi Arabia that’s home to the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.

A F-18 fighter jet belonging to the US military crash landed in Bahrain Saturday (pictured)

The pilot managed to eject to safety after the plane's engine malfunctioned

The pilot managed to eject to safety after the plane’s engine malfunctioned

 Images on social media showed the grey fighter jet’s nose tipped into the air but largely intact after what the Navy described as an ‘uncontrollable’ landing.

The F-18 took off from the USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier now in the Persian Gulf, said Cmdr. Bill Urban, a fleet spokesman. 

While in flight, the plane suffered an engine malfunction, forcing the pilot to divert, Urban said.

The pilot initially tried to land at Sheikh Isa Air Base in Bahrain, but instead had to divert to the island’s commercial airport, Urban said.

‘Due to the malfunction, the aircraft could not be stopped on the runway and the pilot ejected from the aircraft as it departed the runway,” the commander said in a statement.

The military fighter jet managed to crash land at Bahrain International Airport

The military fighter jet managed to crash land at Bahrain International Airport

Naval officials began an investigation into the crash and were trying to help the airport resume operations, Urban said. 

Bahrain’s Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry called the crash landing a ‘minor incident’ in a statement and said flights resumed at the airport several hours later.

Bahrain hosts 8,000 U.S. troops, mostly sailors attached to a sprawling based called the Naval Support Activity. 

That base oversees some 20 US and coalition naval vessels in the Gulf providing security and others running anti-piracy patrols.

Bahrain is also home to an under-construction British naval base.

Bahrain, small Island off the coast of Saudi Arabia, hosts 8,000 US troops on its territory 

Bahrain, small Island off the coast of Saudi Arabia, hosts 8,000 US troops on its territory 

  

 

 

 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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