US fighter pilot ejects on emergency landing at Bahrain international
August 12 2017 05:22 PM
F/A 18E fighter aircraft after emergency landing at Bahrain international airport
The F/A 18E fighter aircraft after the emergency landing. Picture: Social media

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A US military plane made an emergency landing at Bahrain International Airport and its pilot ejected on the runway Saturday after an engine malfunction, a navy spokesman said.

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.
"Unable to make it to Isa, the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing at Bahrain International Airport. 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 pilot was unharmed and investigations are underway. The Fifth fleet said it was "supporting efforts to re-open the runway".
Most flight arrivals on Saturday afternoon were listed as delayed on Manama airport's official website.
Isa Air Base is central to US operations against the Islamic State group in the region.



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