Tag: Crash

US fighter jet crash lands at Bahrain International Airport

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A U.S. F/A-18 fighter jet suffering an engine problem crash landed Saturday at Bahrain International Airport and its pilot ejected from the aircraft after it ran off the runway, authorities said. The pilot escaped unharmed.

The crash disrupted flights to and from the island nation off the coast of Saudi Arabia that’s home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. 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.

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

The pilot initially tried to land at Sheikh Isa Air Base in Bahrain, but instead ended up at the island’s commercial airport, Urban said.

“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 commander said in a statement.

Naval officials began an investigation into the crash and were trying to help the airport resume operations, Urban said. Bahrain’s Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry called the crash landing a “minor incident” in a statement and said flights resumed at the airport several hours later.

Bahrain hosts 8,000 U.S. troops, mostly sailors attached to a sprawling base called the Naval Support Activity. Officials at that facility oversee some 20 U.S. and coalition naval vessels in the Gulf providing security and others running anti-piracy patrols.

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

 

Marines to order 24-hour stand-downs for flying units in wake of fatal crashes

Marines prepare to board MV-22 Ospreys on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif., on Feb. 23, 2015. The Marine Corps announced Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, that all its aviation units must cease flying for a 24-hour period within the next two weeks to review safety procedures, following two recent crashes that killed 19 servicemembers.

WASHINGTON —  Marine Corps aviation units must cease flying for a 24-hour period within the next two weeks to review safety procedures following two recent Marine crashes that killed 19 troops, the service’s top general ordered Friday.

Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine commandant, has ordered aviators to review “the fundamentals of safe flight operations, standardization, and combat readiness” during the “operational reset,” said Capt. Ryan Alvis, a spokeswoman for the Corps.

“The intent is for flying squadrons to review selected incidents which occurred enterprise-wide and study historical examples of completed investigations in order to bring awareness and best practices to the fleet,” she said.

Unit commanders will determine when to conduct the stand-downs. Neller’s order instructed commanders to conduct the pause when it will not interrupt training or combat operations.

Fifteen Marines and a sailor were killed in the July 10 crash of a KC-130T tanker-transport aircraft into the Mississippi Delta. Three additional Marines died Saturday in the crash of an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft just off the coast of Australia.

The Marines on Wednesday announced they had determined the Ospreys were safe to fly following inspections and a preliminary investigation into Saturday’s crash. In that incident, the Osprey crashed into the deck of the USS Green Bay as it was landing on the amphibious transport dock before crashing into the ocean about 18 miles off the coast of Queensland.

The three Marines killed are believed to have been trapped inside the aircraft as it sank, officials said. Twenty-three others aboard the aircraft were rescued.

In the July crash, the KC-130T appears to have broken up in mid-air before it crashed to the ground leaving two debris trails each stretching more than a mile long, an initial investigation found. All of the personnel aboard the plane were killed.

The Marines grounded its entire fleet of 12 KC-130T aircraft following the incident.
Safety stand-downs of individual airframes or for particular units are not uncommon.

Last August, the Marines ordered a similar stand-down for all F/A-18 Hornets aircraft following several crashes of the fighter jets. The Marines also temporarily grounded AV-8B Harrier and Osprey aircraft in Japan last year following non-fatal wrecks.

 

SEMPER FI

 

Marine special ops troops among 16 dead in plane crash

Seven of 16 service members who died in the crash of a transport plane were part of a special operations unit, the U.S. Marine Corps announced.

The KC-130T plane crashed into a soybean field in Mississippi’s Leflore County on Monday while traveling from Cherry Point, N.C., to El Centro, Calif. The cause of the crash remains undetermined.

Six Marines and one Navy member aboard the plane were members of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., traveling to Yuma, Ariz., for pre-deployment training, a Marine Corps statement said. Their unit is part of Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command. The other nine Marines aboard, and the plane, were based in Newburgh, N.Y., Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus said.

Marine Raider Battalion Special Ops Team conducts ground training at Camp Pendleton. August, 2015. Photo by Vance Jacobs.

Federal Aviation Administration officials contacted the Marines when the aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar as it flew over Mississippi, officials said. The plane burned after it struck the ground, and possible unexploded ordnance and ammunition could be surrounding the plane and hampering investigation, WLBT-TV, Jackson, Miss., reported.

Debris from the crash covered both sides of Highway 82 in the Mississippi delta, between the towns of Itta Bena and Moorehead, Miss.

“Out of precaution, we just wanted to make sure people do not approach, just out of general safety,” Marine Corps Maj. Andrew Aranda said.

Original article: By Ed Adamczyk, UPI.

Brave warriors, each and every one of them. May they rest in peace.

Spiritus Invictus

 

Breaking News: Marine aircraft crash: At least 16 bodies recovered from Mississippi crash site

 

At least 16 bodies were recovered from the crash site of a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 refueling plane that crashed Monday evening in a soybean field in Mississippi, authorities said.

The search for additional victims is continuing. The Marine Corps said the aircraft “experienced a mishap.” The plane spiraled down at about 4 p.m. in a field about 85 miles north of Jackson. The plane’s debris could were scattered in a radius of about five miles.

Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Associated Press that officials were still searching for bodies after nightfall.

Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Associated Press that officials were still searching for bodies after nightfall.

An intense fire fed by jet fuel hampered firefighters, causing them to turn to unmanned devices in an attempt to control the flames, authorities said. There were several high-intensity explosions.
US Marine Corps KC-130

Aerial pictures taken by WLBT-TV showed the skeleton of the plane burning, producing plumes of black smoke visible for miles across the flat landscape of the delta.

Austin Jones, who owns a neighboring farm, said the fire continued after sunset.

“It’s burning worse now than it was early in the afternoon,” said Jones. He said his son watched the plane go down while working on the farm and said it was smoking as it descended.

Officials did not have information on what caused the crash or where the flight originated.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Original article: Fox News.

Semper Fi

 

Air Force Thunderbird F-16 crashes after practice for Ohio air show

UPI, By Stephen Carlson and Doug G. Ware   |   June 24, 2017

June 23 (UPI) — A U.S. Air Force pilot and tactical maintenance worker were hospitalized Friday after a fighter jet crashed at an airport in central Ohio, military officials said.

The plane, part of the USAF Thunderbird Air Demonstration Squadron, flipped over on the runway while landing at Dayton International Airport at about 12:20 p.m. Friday, the Air Force said in a statement.

Two people on board were hospitalized with injuries and are in good condition, the Thunderbirds said via Twitter.

“More details will be released following an aircraft and safety investigation boards. Our performance at Dayton Air Show is to be determined,” one tweet said.

The F-16 Thunderbirds were participating in a familiarization and training exercise in preparation for the Dayton Air Show this weekend. The weather was rainy, with high winds and low visibility on the ground.

“It was raining, and I was taking pictures of some airplanes,” Ricardo von Puttkammer, a correspondent for Aviation Photojournal who witnessed the plane flip, told WHIO TV-7. “Right away the fire department personnel was running toward the accident.”

Created in 1953, the Thunderbirds are one of the world’s premier aerial demonstration teams. They use the F-16 Fighting Falcon to perform aerial acrobatics and formation flying at air shows across the world. The squadron is based at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.