World Another F-18 Aircraft Crashes, This Time In Bahrain

18:22  12 august  2017
18:22  12 august  2017 Source:   International Business Times

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Another F - 18 Aircraft Crashes , This Time In Bahrain . A U.S. fighter craft , F - 18 , crashed on the runway of Bahrain international airport Saturday causing the airport to shut down. Several similar incidents have been reported in the past that involved the aircraft .

Another F - 18 Aircraft Crashes , This Time In Bahrain . A U.S. fighter craft , F - 18 , crashed on the runway of Bahrain international airport Saturday causing the airport to shut down. Several similar incidents have been reported in the past that involved the aircraft .

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The Bahrain International Airport was shut down Saturday after a U.S. fighter aircraft, F-18, crashed on the runway, reports said.

The aircraft pilot was safe, Cmdr. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, said in a statement, according to ABC News. Urban also said the aircraft suffered an engine problem because of which it tried to divert to Sheikh Isa Air Base in Bahrain, but instead landed at Bahrain's commercial airport.

This is not the first time that an F-18 aircraft has crashed. In April, a pilot was forced to eject from a Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet during an attempted landing on the deck of the Vinson in the Celebes Sea, south of the Philippines, according to an official statement.

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Another F - 18 Aircraft Crashes , This Time In Bahrain . A U.S. fighter craft , F - 18 , crashed on the runway of Bahrain international airport Saturday causing the airport to shut down. Several similar incidents have been reported in the past that involved the aircraft .

Although no further details are available at this time , the fact that the aircraft was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, seems to suggest the jet involved in the crash Two U.S. Marine Corps F - 18 Hornets from MCAS Miramar crashed on Nov. 9 near San Diego. Another one on Oct.

However, the pilot was recovered safely. It also said: "The incident is currently under investigation. The pilot is being assessed by the medical team on board USS Carl Vinson and there are no apparent injuries at this time."

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On Dec. 7, 2016, another U.S. F/A-18 Hornet crashed in Japan. The U.S. Navy confirmed at the time it was the ninth such major incident involving a "Legacy Hornet” in the past six months, according to the Aviationist.

Prior to the Dec. 7 incident, two U.S. Marine Corps F-18 Hornets from MCAS Miramar had crashed on November 9 near San Diego, and another one crashed on October 25, the report said.

On July 27, 2016, an F/ A-18C crashed during a training mission near the Twentynine Palms Marine base, which killed Maj. Richard Norton, 36, of Arcadia, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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An F - 18 crashed Feb. 26 in Bahrain , just two days after another F - 18 went down It was no the first time residents near the San Diego air station had seen an F - 18 fall from the sky. The F - 18 Hornet is a supersonic, twin engine, all weather, night fighter and attack aircraft and can be refueled in flight.

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Since 2012, the number of major Navy and Marine Hornet and Super Hornet accidents have increased by 44 percent,  a report by U.S. military's independent news sources, Stars and Stripes, said, citing the data collected by the Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, Virginia. These incidents have reportedly caused at least $50,000 in damage and in some cases, even death.

Navy and Marine Corps leaders blamed the budget cuts of 2011 in the report that "instituted automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration."

“It’s extremely clear what’s happened,” said California-based Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet pilot Lt. “Versace,” who requested to be identified by his call sign only as he was not authorized to speak on the issue.

He added: “These aircraft have reached their life span and they continue to extend their life spans for another few thousand flight hours, which hasn’t worked for them due to significant budget decreases. Yet they continue to run these jets that have caused catastrophic incidents.”

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“I believe naval aviation is at risk of eventual systemic failure,” said retired Navy Cmdr. Chris Harmer, who is working as a senior naval analyst with the Institute for the Study of War, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington.

He added: “Either funding needs to be significantly increased in order to restore airframe availability and pilot proficiency and support current operations, or operational tempo needs to be drastically reduced.”

Pilots also shared that how the life support systems on all F/A-18 jets are gradually failing to supply with safe, breathable air, Fox News reported in May.

There have been instances when there has been a breakdown of life support systems, like the “On-board Oxygen Generating System," or cabin pressurization systems. It is during these times when pilots experience "physiological episodes," the report said.

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Three active -duty F/A-18 pilots spoke to Fox News on the condition of anonymity and said they risk their lives as soon as they operate an aging fighter jet.

“When I go flying in combat, what’s more, likely to kill me is not getting shot down by enemy fire,” said one of the F/A-18 pilots. “It’s a failure in my most basic life support system.”

The pilot added that several others feel the same way.

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