US F-18 closes Bahrain Airport after "uncomfortable" landing

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 12, 2017

A fighter jet has crash landed at Bahrain International Airport, disrupting flights to and from the island nation.

When this could not be accomplished it made the landing instead at Bahrain International Airport, the US Navy's 5th fleet said in a statement.

Social media pictures of the crash showed the grey fighter jet's nose tipped into the air but largely intact.

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 ejected - and was unharmed - as the aircraft continued the runway excursion.

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

In the Bahrain incident Saturday, the pilot managed to eject safely, and Bahrain's Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications later stated no one was injured in the incident.

A total of 8,000 USA troops are stationed in Bahrain, the majority of which are sailors.

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