USS Nimitz pilot forced to eject after engine malfunction
9:35 AM, Aug 12, 2017
(KGTV) - A Naval pilot assigned to the USS Nimitz was forced to eject from his aircraft during an emergency landing in Bahrain Saturday.
The pilot ejected after their F/A-18E jet suffered an engine malfunction and attempted to land at Sheik Isa Air Base in Bahrain, the Navy said. The pilot was unable to make it there, however, and was forced to make an emergency landing at Bahrain International Airport.
Due to the malfunction, the jet was unable to stop on the runway and the pilot ejected, according to the Navy.
The pilot was not injured and the crash is under investigation.
Tuesday, an Iranian drone came within 100 feet of an F/A-18 attempting to land on the aircraft carrier. The pilot was forced to maneuver repeatedly to avoid the drone. No one was reportedly injured in that instance.
The USS Nimitz was last in San Diego in June, before deploying alongside San Diego-based USS Howard, USS Pinckney, and USS Princeton to the western Pacific Ocean. The Nimitz homeports in Washington state.