US Navy pilot ejects from fighter jet at Bahrain International Airport

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The following is the complete statement from US 5th Fleet based in Bahrain.

A US Navy F/A-18E of the 5th Fleet based in Bahrain belonging to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 assigned to the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) departed the runway and the pilot ejected during an emergency landing at Bahrain International Airport Aug. 12, 2017.

During a flight from the Nimitz, an F/A-18E experienced an engine malfunction and attempted to divert to Sheik Isa Air Base, 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 is uninjured and the incident is under investigation.

Source – US 5th Fleet

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