ST. GEORGE — A military aircraft burst into flames Saturday morning at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada following an incident during takeoff.
Emergency personnel responded to the incident at 10:45 a.m. PST on the Nellis Air Force Base flight line.
A Royal Australian Air Force E/A-18G Growler Electronic Warfare Platform experienced a critical engine failure upon takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base, according to a Twitter post by national security analyst firm Strategic Sentinel.
“The aircraft skidded off the runway and the pilot was able to exit the aircraft safely,” the tweet reads. “Both the pilot and ground crew are safe.”
No serious injuries have been reported, according to a news release issued by the base.
Smoke could reportedly be seen billowing from the area of the crash from several miles away. The base is situated northeast of Las Vegas.
Members of the Royal Australian Air Force are currently at Nellis Air Force Base participating in Red Flag exercises currently underway.
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