Pilot of a US fighter jet forced to eject after the plane malfunctions

A US fighter plane crash-landed at a Bahrain International Airport, forcing the plane’s pilot to make an emergency ejection from his cockpit. Prior to the accident on Saturday, the pilot flew off from a US supercarrier in the Gulf.

The plane’s aim was to change course to Sheik Isa Airbase after the malfunction occurred, and when this option failed, the pilot decided to make the risky landing at the Bahrain airport, according to an official statement by the US Navy’s 5th fleet.

The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s website issued an official statement on the incident:

MANAMA, Bahrain —

An F/A-18E of 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. The Navy is supporting efforts to re-open the runway so the airport may resume normal operations.

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