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United States fighter jet crash lands at Bahrain airport

12 Août 2017

A fighter jet has crash landed at Bahrain International Airport, disrupting flights to and from the island nation.

Images on social media showed the grey fighter jet's nose tipped into the air but largely intact after what the Navy described as an "uncontrollable" landing.

It wasn't immediately clear which branch of the U.S. military the aircraft belonged to, though Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

Urban says the F-18 took off from the USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier now in the Persian Gulf.

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The pilot ejected - and was unharmed - as the aircraft continued the runway excursion. Bill Urban, a fleet spokesman. Initially it has attempted to land at Sheikh Isa base but went on to the global airport where it touched down on the runway but could not stop.

Naval officials began an investigation into the crash and were trying to help the airport resume operations, Urban said. Flights to and from Bahrain were disrupted after the crash.

Bahrain hosts 8,000 United States troops, mostly sailors attached to a sprawling based called the Naval Support Activity.

United States fighter jet crash lands at Bahrain airport