US F-18 fighter crash lands at Bahrain worldwide airport

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 12, 2017

The F-18, hailing from the USS Nimitz in the Persian Gulf, was attempting an emergency landing after suffering an engine problem mid-flight when it crashed into the runway at the Bahrain International Airport, which has resulted in flight disruptions to and from the island, the Associated Press reports. Images on social media showed the grey fighter jet's nose tipped into the air but largely intact.

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. He said the plane suffered an engine malfunction, forcing the pilot to divert.

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

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Upon realizing the engine malfunction, the pilot attempted to land the F-18 at the Shaikh Isa Air Base in Bahrain, but was forced to make a hard landing at the commercial airport instead. Naval officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

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