Pilot ejects, escapes injury as USA fighter jet crash lands in Bahrain

Pilot ejects, escapes injury as USA fighter jet crash lands in Bahrain

Pilot ejects, escapes injury as USA fighter jet crash lands in Bahrain

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

Social media pictures of the aircraft showed the grey fighter jet's nose tipped into the air but largely intact.

Bahrain is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

Urban says the F-18 took off from the USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier now in the Persian Gulf. Bill Urban, a fleet spokesman. He said the plane suffered an engine malfunction, forcing the pilot to divert.

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"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", Navy Cmdr. Initially it has attempted to land at Sheikh Isa base but went on to the worldwide airport where it touched down on the runway but could not stop.

The airport was closed to commercial traffic and flights were resumed after several hours, according to Bahrain's Transport Ministry.

A total of 8,000 US troops are stationed in Bahrain, the majority of which are sailors.

Bahrain is also home to an under-construction British naval base.

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