Publicado: Mar, Enero 30, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Nellis blaze damages Australian EA-18G Growler

Nellis blaze damages Australian EA-18G Growler

The fire occurred at about 10:45am on Saturday (local time) after the aircraft was required to abort its take-off.

"It's not looking good".

It comes days after another Australian military jet - a giant KC-30A tanker aircraft narrowly avoided a deadly collision with two British fighters over Iraq because of pilot inexperience and a broken fuelling system.

Fears are mounting within Defence that an Australian RAAF EA-18G Growler could be written off after the carrier-based aircraft caught fire at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada during Exercise Red Flag.

Australia is just one of two U.S. allies, alongside the United Kingdom, to participate in the exercise.

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An RAAF AP-3C Orion ASW aircraft and an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft will also participate in Red Flag. The commitment marks Australia's first worldwide exercise involving the Growler.

All Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel were reported as safe and the Defence Department said there were "no serious injuries" following the incident.

The Australian Defence Department is now working with the United StatesS Air Force to investigate the incident. Each of the jets are roughly estimated to have cost $300 million each.

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