Emergency landing of a fighter plane in the u.s. to Bahrain

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    Saturday, August 12, 2017 10:37

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    The pilot of a fighter plane us had to eject in making Saturday an emergency landing at the international airport of Bahrain, an incident that has caused disruption in the traffic, said a spokesman for the u.s. navy.

    The driver escaped unharmed. Controls have been made to reopen the track, has added the same source.

    A fighter plane F/A 18E “has experienced a dysfunction at the level of the motor and tried to head for the military base of Sheikh Issa,” said commander William Urban, a spokesman of the Fifth u.s. fleet, based in Bahrain.

    But he has not been able to do so and “the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing at the international airport of Bahrain. Due to the technical problem, the device could not be stopped on the runway and the pilot ejected when the aircraft has left the runway”.

    An investigation was opened to determine the causes of the incident, said Mr. Urban, who said that the device had taken off from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

    The traffic then returned to normal in the afternoon, said the Twitter account of the airport.

    Located in between saudi Arabia and Iran, the Kingdom of Bahrain is home to a base of the Fifth u.s. fleet. It has a strategic importance for the u.s. operations in the framework of the fight against the group jihadist islamic State (EI) in the region.

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