Pilots Ejects as Navy F/A-18E Makes Emergency Landing at Bahrain
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
MANAMA, Bahrain — An F/A-18E Super Hornet pilot ejected from his aircraft after it touched down on the runway at Bahrain International Airport on Aug. 12.
The pilot was unable to stop the jet as it landed and the jet departed the runway. The pilot was not injured in the incident.
The aircraft’s flight originated from the USS Nimitz. The F/A-18E suffered an engine problem 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 the international airport, the Navy said in a Aug. 12 release.
The pilot and aircraft are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 146, deployed onboard Nimitz and participating in strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The incident is under investigation. According to the Naval Safety Center, the extent of the damage to the aircraft is not yet known, as is whether it will fly again.