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F18 US army fighter crash shuts airport after jet smashes into runway

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Bahrain Airport has been evacuated after a US fighter jet crashed on the runaway.

Video shows smoke billowing from the crashed plane – believed to be an F-18 Hornet – as it lays on its side.

Pictures taken moments later show the grey fighter jet’s nose tipped into the air but largely intact.

The country’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications confirmed no one was injured in the crash.

In an online statement the organisation said: “One of the US military aircrafts was (in) a minor incident (today).

“It did not result in any casualties.

“(The airport) is dealing with the incident according to the contingency plans in place at Bahrain Airport.”

An F-18 fighter jet

Dozens of flights were diverted after the crash at around 2pm local time today (12pm GMT).

Gulf Air, Air India Express and Fly Dubai passenger were all affected.

It was not immediately clear whose fighter was involved in the crash, but online reports claimed it was an F-18 US fighter jet.

Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet is a twin-engine fighter jet that is capable of landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/bahrain-airport-evacuated-after-us-10975226

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