Bahrain: US military aircraft in minor incident, no casualties reported
:: A US military aircraft on Saturday had a minor incident that left no human casualties, Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications announced, according to Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
The incident was handled in accordance with the Bahrain International Airport’s contingency plans, the Ministry added in its statement.
BNA later reported that flights to and from the Bahrain International Airport are back to normal after the necessary safety procedures had been taken, quoting the Ministry.
A US Navy media statement said: “An F/A-18E of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 146 assigned to the USS Nimitz departed the runway and the pilot ejected during an emergency landing at Bahrain International Airport on August 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 statement added.