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Blue Angels pilot makes emergency landing at California airfield

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Posted at 5:19 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 20:23:24-05

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KGTV) — A pilot part of the of U.S. Navy's Blue Angels squadron was forced to make an emergency landing at a California airfield Tuesday.

The pilot made the emergency landing at Naval Air Facility El Centro Tuesday. Navy officials said the F/A-18 Hornet's main landing gear didn't extend as the pilot approached the airfield after a training flight.

Officials said the pilot was able to land the aircraft and didn't suffer any injuries. They added no personnel or spectators on the ground were in danger during the emergency landing.

The cause of the landing in under investigation.

Blue Angels pilots are currently training at the El Centro airfield through mid-March to prepare for the upcoming air show season.

The squadron, known for their gravity-defying aerial acrobatics, is scheduled for 61 demonstrations around the U.S. in 2019, according to the Navy.