An engine malfunction forced a U.S. fighter pilot to eject from his aircraft during an emergency landing at Bahrain International Airport. The pilot ejected from the aircraft after it ran off the runway and was unharmed.
Cmdr. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, said in a statement the pilot wasn't hurt in the crash landing Saturday on the island nation.
The fighter had taken off from USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier on duty in the Gulf and suffered an engine malfunction and diverted to Bahrain.
Bahrain's Ministry of Transport and Communications confirmed the incident, saying no injuries occurred.
Upon realizing the engine malfunction, the pilot attempted to land the F-18 at the Shaikh Isa Air Base in Bahrain, but was forced to make a hard landing at the commercial airport instead.
"Due to the malfunction, the aircraft could not be stopped on the runway and the pilot ejected from the aircraft as it departed the runway".
Naval officials began an investigation into the crash and were trying to help the airport resume operations, Urban said.
Bahrain hosts 8,000 United States troops, mostly sailors attached to a sprawling based called the Naval Support Activity.
Bahrain is also home to an under-construction British naval base.