Navy F-18 Super Hornet Crashes In Bahrain

Claudine Rigal
Août 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. The pilot escaped unharmed.

The F/A 18E fighter aircraft "experienced an engine malfunction and attempted to divert to Sheik (h) Isa Air Base, Bahrain", said spokesman Commander William Urban of the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain.

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

"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", Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban said in a statement.

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.

Bahrain hosts 8,000 USA troops, mostly sailors attached to a sprawling based called the Naval Support Activity. That base oversees some 20 USA 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.

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